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Accuracy of ambulatory blood pressure monitors in routine clinical practice.
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PMID:  16876678     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To determine the extent of discrepancies between ambulatory blood pressure measurement (ABPM) devices and mercury sphygmomanometry in pre-use testing in routine clinical practice and whether such discrepancies are associated with patient characteristics and subsequent 24-h ABPM readings. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a database of 683 prospectively collected records was performed. The study population comprised of patients referred for ABP monitoring at a Sydney teaching hospital. Patients had same-arm sequential measurements with a mercury sphygmomanometer and Spacelabs 90207 or 90217 device before 24-h ABPM. The discrepancy between the test devices and the standard mercury sphygmomanometer were then described by two measures, calculated for both systolic and diastolic pressures for each patient: 1) difference of means (DeltaBP average), and 2) the mean of differences between device measurement and the range of mercury sphygmomanometer readings, analogous to the British Hypertension Society protocol (DeltaBP sequential). The main outcome measures were DeltaBP average and DeltaBP sequential and their relationship to patient characteristics. RESULTS: The median DeltaBP average was 1/2 mm Hg (ABPM device underestimation) and the median DeltaBP sequential was 3/2 mm Hg. Age, gender, arm circumference, body mass index, and degree of hypertension influenced the accuracy of ABPM readings on multivariate analysis. Device accuracy was slightly weaker in patients with higher mercury or ABPM-derived systolic BP. CONCLUSIONS: These ABPM devices are accurate enough for routine clinical use in a variety of patients. Factors such as age, weight, gender, and severity of hypertension are statistically associated with greater device error but the differences are small enough to be unlikely to affect clinical practice.
Tony C Y Pang; Mark A Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-31     Completed Date:  2006-12-04     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  801-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departments of Renal Medicine and Medicine, St. George Hospital & University of NSW, Kogarah, Sydney, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / standards*
Middle Aged
Sensitivity and Specificity

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