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June 4, 2003

Accurate Measurement of Blood Pressure—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(21):2792-2794. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2792-a

To the Editor: Dr Jones and colleagues1 suggested several guidelines for maintaining the reliability of office blood pressure (BP) measurement. Even the most accurate office measurements, however, may not necessarily represent the patient's BP during daily life. Repeated readings taken in the patient's usual environment may be more useful than those taken in the physician's office for diagnosing hypertension and for adjusting therapy.2,3 We agree with Jones et al that the accuracy of such automated measurements must be ensured.

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