BP higher with doctors than nurses
Doctors routinely record higher blood pressure levels than nurses when examining patients, a UK study shows, prompting calls for medicos to step away from the sphyg.
On average, doctors recorded blood pressure levels 7/4mmHg higher than when practice nurses assessed the same patient, the systematic review found.
The findings suggest the well-known ‘white coat effect', where anxiety raises a patient's blood pressure above its usual range, is highly specific to the presence of doctor.
Lead author Dr Christopher Clark