Prevalence and accuracy of home sphygmomanometers in an urban population

L. P. Hahn, A. R. Folsom, J. M. Sprafka, R. J. Prineas

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The prevalence of ownership (7.5 per cent) and the accuracy of home sphygmomanometers were determined in a population-based survey in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Sixty-four per cent of home sphygmomanometers were accurate within ±2 mm Hg of a calibrating sphygmomanometer; another 26 per cent were within ±3-6 mm Hg. These results suggest that although many home sphygmomanometers are accurate, some are very inaccurate. Health care providers should advise regular calibration when home sphygmomanometers are used for therapeutic self-management of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1459-1461
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1987


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