Available measurement methods of blood pressure at the community pharmacy for the screening and follow up of hypertension

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Journal Article
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Pharmaceutical Care Espana, 2011, 13 (3), pp. 123 - 133
Issue Date:
2011-05
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The blood pressure (BP) measurement in the physician's office has been for many years the gold standard for diagnosis, monitoring and making clinical decisions in the management of hypertension. On the other hand, few studies analyze the usefulness of the community pharmacy BP measurement method, which remains unknown in clinical practice. Home and ambulatory BP monitoring (HBPM and ABPM, respectively) have overcome many of the inherent limitations of the BP measurement at the physician's office, mainly providing multiple BP readings exempt from the white coat effect. Additionally, these methods have shown to be better predictors of end-organ damage and cardiovascular outcome than BP measured in the physician's office. Finally, the use of HBPM or ABPM enables a more accurate assessment and an improved management of hypertension. This article provides an overview update on the interest of the different BP measurement methods available in the community pharmacy for the screening and monitoring of hypertensive patients.
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