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Sixty seconds on . . . measuring blood pressure

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2626

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  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Eh? Don’t we all know how to measure blood pressure? Even patients do it these days

You may think you’re doing it right, but are you taking measurements from both arms?

Both arms?

The recommendation came in NICE guidance CG34, issued in 2006. A 2007 study by Carl Heneghan and colleagues of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine found that although 77% of GPs were aware of the guidance, only 30% agreed with it and even fewer, 13%, …

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