Assessment of the techniques of blood pressure measurement by health professionals

Arq Bras Cardiol. 2003 Jan;80(1):89-93, 83-8. doi: 10.1590/s0066-782x2003000100008. Epub 2003 Feb 19.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objective: To assess blood pressure measurement by health professionals of a public hospital in S o Paulo State.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews and direct observation were performed with a verification list according to the criteria reported by Perloff et al. One hundred and five health professionals took part in the study. After measuring blood pressure, the level of concordance between the way the procedure was performed and the recommended one was assessed.

Results: Nurses and nurse's aides abided by 40% of the recommended procedures for adequate blood pressure measurement. The other categories of health professionals (nursing and medicine teachers, physicians, residents, and nursing students) abided by approximately 70%.

Conclusion: Permanent educational activities aiming at standardizing blood pressure measurement should be implemented among the different categories of health professionals.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure Determination / methods*
  • Blood Pressure Determination / standards
  • Brazil
  • Calibration
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence / standards
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality Control
  • Reproducibility of Results