This study examined the simple behavior on the part of hypertensive patients of having their blood pressure checked at a retail store. We found that hypertensive patients checked their blood pressure frequently using these automated machines, believe them to be accurate, and frequently make health care decisions based on the reading they obtain. The inaccuracy of these machines is apparently not widely known. It is therefore incumbent on physicians to be aware of technologies that are in use by their patients. Patients need to be educated about the appropriate use and potential or harm that results from misuse of these technologies. Physicians might encourage their patients to invest in a home blood pressure monitor that they can bring with them to their visit to calibrate against the physician's own machine.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association (1975)|
|State||Published - Apr 2002|
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