Is patient self-report an adequate tool for monitoring cardiovascular conditions in patients with hypercholesterolemia?

October 11, 2010

Source: Journal of Public Health, 2010, 32 (3) p. 387-394

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The aim of this investigation was to determine the accuracy of patient self-reports of cardiovascular diagnoses. Patients with hypercholesterolemia in primary care centres in Germany were given self-report questionnaires, which were then compared with case report forms and medical records on cardiovascular diseases.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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iPhone app ‘detects arrhythmia’

September 14, 2010

Source: Healthcare Republic

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Date of publication: August 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The charity Arrhythmia Alliance, has launched an iPhone application called ‘Know Your Pulse’, which aims to detect signs of cardiac arrhythmia and therefore improve diagnosis. Users record their own pulse reading over 30 seconds and are then advised on whether they are suffering from an irregular or unusually fast or slow heartbeat. The Arrhythmia Alliance campaign aims to raise awareness of arrhythmia, and also remind healthcare professionals of the importance of conducting regular pulse checks during routine patient check-ups.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Telemonitoring and self-management in the control of hypertension

July 21, 2010

Source: Lancet, 2010, 376 (9736) p. 163-172

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The aim of this randomised controlled trial was to assess whether self-management by patients with poorly-controlled hypertension resulted in better control of their blood pressure. 24 general practices took part. Participants were responsible for self-monitoring of blood pressure and self-titration of anti-hypertensive drugs, in addition to telemonitoring of home blood pressure measurements. The results showed that self-management of hypertension, combined with telemonitoring of blood pressure measurements, forms an important new addition to control of hypertension in primary care.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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