Oscillometric blood pressure: a review for clinicians

J Am Soc Hypertens. 2014 Dec;8(12):930-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2014.08.014. Epub 2014 Sep 2.


Oscillometric devices for the non-invasive estimation of blood pressure (BP) have become the "clinical standard" because of training requirements for determination of BP by auscultation, cost, and the phasing-out/banning of mercury in many states and countries. Analysis of recent publications reveals a lack of understanding of the "meaning" of oscillometric blood pressure (OBP) measurements by authors, journal editors, and clinicians. We were invited to submit a review of OBP methodology written for clinicians. We hope that the material contained herein will clarify how clinicians should interpret OBP values for their patients.

Keywords: Diastolic blood pressure; mean blood pressure; oscillometric blood pressure measurement; oscillometry; systolic blood pressure.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure Determination / instrumentation
  • Blood Pressure Determination / methods*
  • Humans
  • Oscillometry / instrumentation
  • Oscillometry / methods*