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Oscillometric devices are good in routine practice


Nelson, MR, Oscillometric devices are good in routine practice, British Medical Journal, 342 Article d1297. ISSN 0959-535X (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: doi:10.1136/bmj.d1297


Myers and colleagues show that blood pressure recording is better with an automated than a conventional device when multiple recordings are taken in an isolated room.1 However, as Mant and McManus point out, "The six readings taken two minutes apart as used in the study will be practically difficult to implement in many primary care settings."2 Space is also a concern in primary care. Our earlier cluster randomised controlled trial comparing oscillometric and manual sphygmomanometry for blood pressure management in Australian primary care (24 practices and 824 unselected visits with blood pressure recording) found better recording and management in the oscillometric practices.3 Oscillometric devices can be recommended in primary care even without the additional recommended changes to eliminate white coat effects.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:73201
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-09-21
Last Modified:2017-12-08

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