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Assessing parental history of hypertension: father (and mother) knows best!
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PMID:  9564754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In hypertensive risk studies, offspring reports are often used to establish parental history of hypertension. This method is simple and less costly than contacting parents and has been reported to be > or = 84% accurate when compared with parental confirmation. The present study examined two components that contribute to overall accuracy: sensitivity (correct identification of high blood pressure) and specificity (correct identification of normal blood pressure). Undergraduate volunteers (282 women, 211 men) provided parental blood pressure information, and then blood pressure history questionnaires were mailed to their biological parents. Comparison of offspring and parent reports revealed a combination of high specificity (92.9%) and low sensitivity (68.2%), suggesting that offspring reports may be misleading when attempting to identify hypertensive parents.
C R France; G D Page
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychophysiology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0048-5772     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychophysiology     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-21     Completed Date:  1998-05-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0142657     Medline TA:  Psychophysiology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  341-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens 45701-2979, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hypertension / genetics*,  physiopathology
Medical History Taking*
Middle Aged

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