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Blood Pressure Measurement Education and Evaluation Program improves measurement accuracy in community-based nurses: a pilot study.
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PMID:  17300535     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Pilot study was developed to determine if a blood pressure measurement training program would improve guideline knowledge and technique in community-based nurses (n= 6). METHODS: American Heart Association guidelines were used to develop the Blood Pressure Measurement Education and Evaluation Program (BEEP). Data on guideline knowledge, device quality, measurement technique, terminal digit bias, range of error, and attitude of change were collected prior and after BEEP. CONCLUSIONS: BEEP development was feasible and acceptable. The device score was 100%. Knowledge improved but not statistically significant (p= 0.64), as did terminal digit bias. Technique prior to BEEP was poor (T= 15) but improved significantly after BEEP (T= 26 on a scale of 32, p= 0.0006). Range of error decreased but was only significant in the diastolic pressure (p= 0.02). IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: BEEP is feasible. Baseline blood pressure measurement technique is poor in community-based nurses. Our study suggests that this poor technique can benefit from an educational program and result in improved blood pressure measurement accuracy.
Brandy K Dickson; Ihab Hajjar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1041-2972     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Nurse Pract     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-15     Completed Date:  2007-05-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916634     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Nurse Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-102     Citation Subset:  N    
Center for Senior Hypertension, Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure Determination / standards*
Clinical Competence
Community Health Nursing / education*,  methods,  standards*
Education, Nursing, Continuing
Feasibility Studies
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Program Evaluation
Reproducibility of Results
South Carolina

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