Diagnostic and predictive accuracy of blood pressure screening methods

December 31, 2014

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine online first

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review updated the evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in adults and summarised the evidence on re-screening intervals. The study also looked at the diagnostic and predictive accuracy of different blood pressure methods for cardiovascular events.

Length of publication: 26 pages

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Controversies over hypertension guidelines

February 12, 2012

Source: BMJ, 2012, 344 (7841)

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Editorial

In a nutshell: The January 28th issue of the BMJ presents both sides of the controversy over the current hypertension guidance. The 2011 NICE guidelines for the management of hypertension are facing criticism for being too complicated and having an insufficient evidence base. The authors of the NICE guidelines have responded to the criticism, citing that their recommendations are evidence-based, but that the guidelines will evolve as more evidence is found. All sides agree that further robust research needs to be done.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Calls for 24-hour blood pressure monitoring

September 12, 2011

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NICE is now recommending that hypertension should be diagnosed using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) over a 24 hour period. ABPM involves a mobile blood pressure monitor that straps around the patient’s waist and measures blood pressure numerous times over 24 hours. This is a change to the existing guidelines.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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