A primary care pragmatic cluster randomized trial of the use of home blood pressure monitoring on blood pressure levels in hypertensive patients with above target blood pressure

Family Practice, 12/24/2009

Home BP monitoring did not improve BP compared to usual care at 12–month follow–up: mean awake systolic BP on ABPM [141.1 versus 142.8 mmHg, mean difference 1.7 mmHg; 95% confidence interval (CI) –0.6 to 4.0, P = 0.314] and mean awake diastolic BP on ABPM (78.7 versus 79.4 mmHg, mean difference 0.7 mmHg; 95% CI –7.7 to 9.1, P = 0.398). Similar negative results were obtained for men and women separately. However, outcomes using the full 24–hour ABPM and the BpTRU device showed a significantly lower diastolic BP at 12 months. When analysis was done by sex, this effect was shown to be only in men. Home BP monitoring may improve BP control in men with hypertension.

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