Systematic Review 2

Systematic review of validation studies of ambulatory blood pressure monitors currently used to diagnose hypertension

An accurate device is fundamental to all blood pressure measurements in the diagnosis of hypertension. However, evaluation of existing technologies is lacking, and it is recognized that the accuracy of blood pressure measuring devices should not be based solely on the manufacturer’s claims. New NICE guidelines recommending the routine use of ambulatory blood pressure monitors for the diagnosis of hypertension are likely to drive increased use of such monitors. This study aims to systematically evaluate the worldwide literature regarding the accuracy of ambulatory monitors currently in use.

Contact details:
j.a.hodgkinson@bham.ac.uk  

Published papers:
This research is now completed, and we plan to seek publication shortly.

Study protocol:
Available on request.