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Evaluation of blood pressure measurement and agreement in an academic health sciences center.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22458743     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012;14:222-227. ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The authors assessed the process of blood pressure (BP) measurement and level of adherence to recommended procedures at representative sites throughout a large academic health sciences center. A casual observer assessed the setting and observed the process, noting the equipment, technique, and BP recorded by site personnel. A trained observer then repeated the patient's BP measurement following American Heart Association recommendations. Significant biases were observed between measurements by site personnel and the trained observer. Site personnel reported on average an increased systolic BP (SBP) of 5.66 mm Hg (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.09-8.23; P<.001) and a decreased diastolic BP (DBP) of -2.96 mm Hg (95% CI, -5.05 to -0.87; P=.005). Overall, 41% of patients had a ≥10-mm Hg difference in SBP between measurements. Similarly, 54% had differences of ≥5 mm Hg in DBP between measurements. Inaccurate BP measurement and poor technique may lead to misclassification, misdiagnosis, and inappropriate medical decisions. Concordance of measured SBP between our site personnel and trained observer was less than optimal. Several areas for improvement were identified. Routine calibration and use of system-wide standardized equipment, establishment of BP measurement protocols, and periodic technique and equipment recertification can be addressed in future quality initiatives.
Deborah S Minor; Kenneth R Butler; Katherine L Artman; Cathy Adair; Wanmei Wang; Valerie McNair; Marion R Wofford; Michael Griswold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-03-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1751-7176     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich)     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888554     Medline TA:  J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich)     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  222-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
From the Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS;the Department of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS;Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
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