New protocol cuts gold-standard BP measurement time to six minutes

It closely matches results from ambulatory monitoring

A simple new protocol allows GPs to measure blood pressure in six minutes with results as accurate as those from ambulatory BP monitoring, researchers say.


Automated office BP readings taken in a quiet room avoid white coat hypertension and closely match the gold standard of BP measurement, according to a study from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart. 

In a trial involving almost 200 hypertensive patients, researchers found that the second and third of eight automated office BP readings taken over a 15-minute period most closely correlated with daytime