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Blood pressure measurement for hypertension in pregnancy.
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PMID:  20500939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) has been proposed as a logical approach to overcoming many of the problems associated with clinical BP measurement. The extent of its use in diagnosing hypertension in pregnancy is unknown. The objective of this study was to identify the practices surrounding use of ABPM by practitioners to diagnose hypertension (HTN) and white coat hypertension (WCH) in pregnant women. METHODS: We mailed questionnaires to all obstetricians and family doctors practising obstetrics who were listed in the online medical directory of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Data were analyzed using SPSS. RESULTS: Completed questionnaires were received from 81 obstetricians and 86 primary care physicians who manage hypertension in pregnancy. The majority of obstetricians (83%) and primary care physicians (79%) indicated that they "almost always" or "often" attempt to differentiate WCH from true HTN in pregnancy. The most popular method identified to differentiate WCH from true HTN in pregnancy was self (intermittent) home BP monitoring (78% of obstetricians and 69% of primary care physicians, P = 0.18). A minority of physicians in each group reported using ABPM to evaluate HTN in pregnancy, with significantly fewer obstetricians using ABPM diagnostically than primary care physicians (12% vs. 26%, P = 0.04). CONCLUSION: Obstetrical care providers in Alberta are aware that WCH is an issue among pregnant women. While ABPM is chosen in a minority of cases, both obstetricians and primary care physicians appear to have a strong preference to use self BP monitoring for further BP evaluation.
Ulrike Dehaeck; Jackie Thurston; Paul Gibson; Kirk Stephanson; Sue Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstétrique et gynécologie du Canada : JOGC     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1701-2163     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-26     Completed Date:  2010-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126664     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  328-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Calgary, Calgary.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory*
Hypertension, Pregnancy-Induced / diagnosis*
Physician's Practice Patterns*
Primary Health Care

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