TITLE

Prevalence and Accuracy of Home Sphygmomanometers in an Urban Population

AUTHOR(S)
Hahn, Lorraine P.; Folsom, Aaron R.; Sprafka, J. Michael; Prineas, Ronald J.
PUB. DATE
November 1987
SOURCE
American Journal of Public Health;Nov87, Vol. 77 Issue 11, p1459
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: The prevalence of ownership 17.5 per cents and the accuracy of home sphygmomanometers were determined in a population-based survey in the Minneapolis. St. Paul metropolitan area. Sixty-four per ¢ of home sphygmomanometers were accurate within [sup +]2mm Hg of a calibrating sphygmomanometer: another 26 per ¢ were within +/-3-6 mm Hg. These results suggest that although many home sphygmomanometers are accurate, some are very inaccurate. Health care providers should advise regular calibration when home sphygmomanometers are used for therapeutic sell-management of hypertension. (Am J Public Health 1987: 77: 1459-1461.)
ACCESSION #
4952281

 

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