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Medical students can cause blood pressure to rise, report says

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7473.998-f (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:998
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A new study has shown that the presence of a medical student can increase blood pressure when measured in general practice. The researchers found that blood pressure was significantly higher in consultations where measurements were taken in the presence of a medical student or trainee than in consultations where no student was present.

    “If confirmed, our findings imply that doctors should be cautious to initiate or adjust antihypertensive drug treatment when blood pressure readings are obtained in the presence of a trainee,” say the researchers in their report (Journal of Human Hypertension 2004;18:769-73).

    In the study the researchers, from Ghent University, Belgium, recruited nearly 300 patients with …

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