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Review: home or self blood pressure monitoring improves clinic blood pressure in essential hypertension
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 Q In people with essential hypertension, is home or “self” blood pressure (BP) monitoring more effective than usual BP monitoring in the healthcare system for improving BP control?

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary Care ★★★★★★☆ IM/Ambulatory care ★★★★★☆☆ Cardiology ★★★★★☆☆

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Medline (1966 to January 2003), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1980 to January 2003), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Clinical Effectiveness, Health Technology Assessment Database, National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database, TRIP database, websites for the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and bibliographies of relevant articles.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared an intervention involving ⩾1 measurement of BP at home by study participants or their family members (and the result recorded by the participant or transmitted to a healthcare provider) with BP monitoring in …

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