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Int J Hypertens. 2012;2012:582068. doi: 10.1155/2012/582068. Epub 2011 Oct 16.

Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure in Hypertension: A UK Primary Care Survey.

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Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.


This study aimed to determine the prevalence of Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure amongst people with hypertension using a cross-sectional survey. Of the 955 who replied (53%), 293 (31%) reported that they self-monitored blood pressure. Nearly 60% (198/331) self-monitored at least monthly. Diabetic patients monitoring their blood glucose were five times more likely than those not monitoring to monitor their blood pressure. Self-monitoring is less common in the UK than internationally, but is practiced by enough people to warrant greater integration into clinical practice.

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