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Study supports 'white coat effect' of doctors on blood pressure readings

Posted on March 28th 2014
in Project update

Study supports 'white coat effect' of doctors on blood pressure readings

A PenCLAHRC-supported systematic review led by the University of Exeter has discovered that doctors routinely record blood pressure levels that are significantly higher than those recorded by nurses. 

After examining blood pressure levels of 1,019 individuals whose readings had been taken by both doctors and nurses, the review showed that recordings taken by doctors are on average 7/4mmHg higher than when the same patients are tested by nurses or themselves. 

Lead researcher, Dr Christopher Clark said the findings, published in the British Journal of General Practice, should lead to changes in clinical practice:

"Doctors should continue to measure blood pressure as part of...

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