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BP-CHECK Study: A woman checks her blood pressure with the aid of a BP monitoring device

Proper diagnosis of hypertension can save a patient’s life. But blood pressure varies a lot over the day and one or two measurements in a clinic may not reflect a person’s average blood pressure.

The PCORI-funded BP-CHECK Study found that blood pressure measurements routinely taken at home are more likely to provide the basis for accurate diagnoses of hypertension than those taken in a clinic setting. The results were recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

The study, led by Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, randomized 510 adults who visited one of 12 Kaiser Permanente primary care centers in Western Washington between 2017 and 2019. It found that blood pressure readings taken at home were consistent with the gold standard test for making a new diagnosis of high blood pressure. Blood pressure readings in clinics and kiosks resulted in a higher likelihood of missed diagnosis and overdiagnosis.

In this related video produced by the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Dr. Green discusses the study and a research participant shares her experience as a patient and being a part of the study.

View the Journal Publication



Posted: March 3, 2022

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