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Home monitoring of blood pressure: Results of two telephone surveys at the cardiovascular hotline
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20665421     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Despite the 1.5 million blood pressure monitors sold annually in Germany only 24 % of treated hypertensives reach the goal blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg. This indicates that the care for hypertensive patients needs to be improved. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: In 1993 277 and in 2007 305 callers at the cardiovascular hotline were asked to participate in a short phone interview with identical questions in both years on self monitoring of blood pressure. Interview data from two points in time thirteen years apart permitted to look for changes in the answers. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Answers given at phone surveys in 1993 and 2007 revealed an increasing rate of self monitoring of blood pressure by patients. In contrast, only a limited interest of physicians was reported to introduce patients to blood pressure self monitoring. On the other hand, doctors were not consulted by patients before purchasing a blood pressure monitor. Based on the patients' self measurements drugs or their doses were changed only in one third of the cases. All this is probably caused by the limited time budget of the doctors.
J Leiblein; P Dominiak
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Letter     Date:  2010-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1439-4413     ISO Abbreviation:  Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr.     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  2010-08-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006723     Medline TA:  Dtsch Med Wochenschr     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  ger     Pagination:  1559-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, New York.
Vernacular Title:
Blutdruckselbstmessung: Zwei telefonische Befragungen am Herz-Kreislauf-Telefon.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Attitude of Health Personnel
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / trends*,  utilization
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Equipment Design / trends
Health Surveys
Hypertension / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  epidemiology
Patient Education as Topic / trends
Referral and Consultation / trends
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents

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