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Medical News & Perspectives
June 25, 2008

Many Physician Practices Fall Short on Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement

JAMA. 2008;299(24):2842-2844. doi:10.1001/jama.299.24.2842

New Orleans—Most physicians and their staffs do a poor job of measuring patient blood pressure, said hypertension experts at the scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) held here in May.

Attendees heard researchers and viewed scientific posters detailing the common errors that occur when measuring blood pressure. “Blood pressure reading does not seem to be done correctly in any medical clinic,” said Clarence E. Grim, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who presented new findings at the meeting. “And yet, the single most important thing physicians do in their medical life is take an accurate blood pressure measurement.”

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