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

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