Blood pressure measurements in the nursing home: are they accurate?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To examine the accuracy of blood pressure (BP) measurements in the nursing home, a trained observer (physician) and nursing home staff (NHS) measured BP for 146 nursing home residents on two separate occasions. Using the physician as the reference standard for measuring BP, the NHS: 1) significantly underestimated systolic BP; 2) significantly overestimated diastolic BP; and 3) had a high frequency of terminal digit preference for zero. These errors resulted in the NHS misclassifying hypertension in 21% of patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stoneking, HT; Hla, KM; Samsa, GP; Feussner, JR

Published Date

  • August 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 536 - 540

PubMed ID

  • 1427257

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0016-9013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geront/32.4.536


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States