Comparison of nurse- and physician-determined clinic blood pressure levels in patients referred to a hypertension clinic: implications for subsequent management.

@article{BatideAlanore2000ComparisonON,
  title={Comparison of nurse- and physician-determined clinic blood pressure levels in patients referred to a hypertension clinic: implications for subsequent management.},
  author={Agn{\`e}s La Batide-Alanore and Gilles Chatellier and Guillaume Bobrie and I Fofol and Pierre-François Plouin},
  journal={Journal of hypertension},
  year={2000},
  volume={18 4},
  pages={391-8}
}
BACKGROUND When measuring BP, the physician induces a transient pressor response triggered by an alarm reaction. This 'white-coat effect' can influence therapeutic decisions. Whether it depends on the characteristics of the physician has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE To assess the 'white-coat effect' induced by several physicians in a large sample of patients, using the blood pressure measured by trained nurses as a reference. SETTING Referral hypertension clinic. METHODS Patients were… CONTINUE READING