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January 21, 1983

Home BP Measurement and Borderline Hypertension

Author Affiliations

Schools of Medicine and Public Health University of Minnesota Minneapolis

JAMA. 1983;249(3):351. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330270021012

To the Editor.—  The conclusions of "Usefulness of Home BP Determination in Treating Borderline Hypertension" (1982;248:555) about detecting change are similar to those of our study,1,2 which evaluated the effects of the nonpharmacologic intervention, sodium restriction, and potassium augmentation.3 In addition to verifying the feasibility of using home BP determinations to detect small changes in BP, we performed cost-effectiveness analyses that demonstrated a substantial advantage for home BP determinations over clinic measurements.