General practitioner's reported use of clinical guidelines for hypertension and ambulatory blood pressure.
AffiliationWestern Regional General Practice Training Programme, Co Galway. firstname.lastname@example.org
MeSHAttitude of Health Personnel
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Primary Health Care
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CitationGeneral practitioner's reported use of clinical guidelines for hypertension and ambulatory blood pressure. 2012, 105 (3):89-91 Ir Med J
PublisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractABPM is an invaluable clinical tool, as it has been shown to improve blood pressure control in primary care. Many clinical guidelines for hypertension advocate ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. This study aims to quantify the use of clinical guidelines for hypertension and to explore the role of ABPM in Primary Care. A questionnaire survey was sent to GPs working in the West of Ireland. 88% (n=139) of GPs use clinical guidelines that recommend the use of ABPM. 82% (n=130) of GPs find use of clinic blood pressure monitoring insufficient for the diagnosis and monitoring of hypertension. Despite good access to ABPM, GPs report lack of remuneration, 72% (n=116), cost 68% (n=108), and lack of time, 51% (n=83) as the main limiting factors to use of ABPM. GPs recognise the clinical value of ABPM, but this study identifies definite barriers to the use of ABPM in Primary Care.
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