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Call for BP measure guide

GPs need more specific guidance on which methods to use for measuring blood pressure to avoid inconsistencies in GMS target achievement, a new study warns.

Researchers found the proportion of patients hitting blood pressure targets varied widely depending on the method of measurement used.

The proportion hitting the GMS target for hypertension varied from 49 per cent with last recorded blood pressure, down to 37 per cent with average blood pressure over the previous year, according to the study, published in the British Journal of General Practice (May).

The researchers also found using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring resulted in 'a significant increase' in the proportion of patients achieving the BHS audit standard and optimal standard.

Dr Gillian Manning, lecturer in clinical sciences education at the University of Nottingham, said: 'The results are significant.

'The Government or the BHS should clearly define the method of blood pressure measurement to be used to define the achievement of target blood pressure.'

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