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Minority ethnic people find home BP monitoring less acceptable than white British, study shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4223 (Published 01 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4223
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

People of South Asian or African-Caribbean ethnicity find home blood pressure (BP) monitoring and ambulatory monitoring less acceptable than white British patients, a general practice study has shown.1 The researchers suggest that BP monitoring methods should take patient preferences into account.

BP has traditionally been measured in clinics, but evidence has shown that monitoring at home, particularly using ambulatory monitoring, is more accurate in diagnosing hypertension, and it is now recommended in guidelines.

“Use of out-of-office blood pressure monitoring is likely to be strongly influenced by acceptability to patients,” said …

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