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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Apr;49(4):355-62. doi: 10.1177/0009922809339844. Epub 2009 Jul 9.

Office-based interventions for recognizing abnormal pediatric blood pressures.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, 43205, USA.


Interventions to improve pediatric blood pressure (BP) screening have not been well studied. The authors measured staff acceptance of 2 simple in-office interventions and measured the effect on physician recognition of elevated BP measurements. Group 1 used simplified normative pediatric BP tables affixed to the growth chart, group 2 used a personal digital assistant program (PDA) to calculate BP percentiles as part of the vital signs, and group 3 served as the control. Group detection rates by compliant (C) and noncompliant (NC) with the intervention were: (1) (BP table) C = 18%, NC = 12%; (2) (PDA) C = 33%, NC = 26%; and (3) (control) 18%. There was no statistically significant intervention effect with documented compliance (P = .27) nor was there an effect in the noncompliant records (P = .12). Although the interventions were used inconsistently, their presence in the medical record did not improve performance. Future education and interventions are needed to reduce barriers to elevated pediatric BP recognition.

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