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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2012, Article ID 582068, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/582068
Research Article

Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure in Hypertension: A UK Primary Care Survey

1Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
2School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Received 27 June 2011; Accepted 15 August 2011

Academic Editor: Tavis S. Campbell

Copyright © 2012 S. Baral-Grant et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the prevalence of Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure amongst people with hypertension using a cross-sectional survey. Of the 955 who replied (53%), 293 (31%) reported that they self-monitored blood pressure. Nearly 60% (198/331) self-monitored at least monthly. Diabetic patients monitoring their blood glucose were five times more likely than those not monitoring to monitor their blood pressure. Self-monitoring is less common in the UK than internationally, but is practiced by enough people to warrant greater integration into clinical practice.