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Identifying hypertension using the Ohio Blood Pressure History Survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11263026     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although medical survey studies often rely on self-reported symptoms to establish the presence or absence of clinical conditions in respondents, recent findings suggest that surveys that assess a broad range of symptoms may have limited sensitivity in detecting specific clinical conditions such as hypertension. The present study evaluated the accuracy of a blood pressure history survey mailed to 800 men and women who had received treatment at a military medical facility in the previous year. Compared with their medical records, patient reports of a previous diagnosis of hypertension exhibited an overall accuracy of 94.2%. This high level of overall accuracy was associated with equally high proportions of correct identifications of high blood pressure histories (sensitivity = 95.4%) and normal blood pressure histories (specificity = 92.4%). Our findings indicate that the Ohio Blood Pressure History Survey is a highly accurate measure of hypertension history among active and retired military personnel.
G D Page; C R France
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  166     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-23     Completed Date:  2001-04-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Ohio University, 245 Porter Hall, Athens, OH 45701-2979, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Surveys*
Hypertension / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Military Personnel / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Ohio / epidemiology
Population Surveillance / methods*
Questionnaires / standards*
Sensitivity and Specificity

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