Evidence demonstrates that the method used to obtain blood pressure measurements significantly impacts readings. Most primary care and urgent care clinics do not follow a standardized procedure for obtaining patient blood pressure in the office, resulting in inaccurate readings and potentially unrecognized or overestimated hypertension prevalence. Following a validated and reproducible method of obtaining blood pressure measurements is critical in correctly diagnosing and managing hypertension.
Prevou E. A review of blood pressure measurement methods in the office setting and implications for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2020; 2(1).
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