Home diaries give the measure

Getting patients to keep a home blood pressure diary for a week is just as accurate as ambulatory monitoring for obtaining reliable measures of blood pressure control, Australian research shows.

With an increasing number of patients with hypertension buying their own blood pressure monitors, the devices could be used to create a dataset to rule out 'white coat' hypertension, says Professor Mark Nelson (pictured), chair of the discipline of general practice and senior research fellow at the University of Tasmania's Menzies Research Institute.

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