Automated blood pressure measurement in routine clinical practice

Blood Press Monit. 2006 Apr;11(2):59-62. doi: 10.1097/01.mbp.0000200481.64787.c0.


Objective: To compare blood pressure measurements taken in routine clinical practice using an automated recorder, the BpTRU (VSM MedTech Ltd, Coquitlam, Canada), with readings taken by a conventional mercury sphygmomanometer.

Methods: Fifty consecutive patients [28 women, 22 men; mean (+/-SD) age 62+/-16 years] referred to a specialist for management of hypertension had blood pressure taken on the first visit in random order using both a mercury sphygmomanometer and an automated device.

Results: The mean initial automated reading (mmHg) taken with the observer present (162+/-27/85+/-12) was similar to the mean manual blood pressure taken in duplicate (163+/-23/86+12). Both values were higher (P<0.001) than the mean of the next five readings taken with the automated recorder when the patient was resting quietly alone (142+/-21/80+/-12). Women exhibited a greater fall in blood pressure with the automated device than men.

Conclusions: Use of an automated blood pressure recorder can eliminate some of the white-coat effect associated with readings taken by a mercury sphygmomanometer.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Automation
  • Blood Pressure Determination / instrumentation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diagnosis*
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged