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In the last 2 decades, several scientific societies have published specific guidelines for blood pressure (BP) measurement, providing detailed recommendations for office, home, and ambulatory BP monitoring. These documents typically provided strong support for using out-of-office BP monitoring (ambulatory and home). More recently, several organizations recommended out-of-office BP evaluation as a primary method for diagnosing hypertension and for treatment titration, with office BP regarded as a screening method. Efforts should now be directed towards making ambulatory and home BP monitoring readily available in primary care and ensuring that such measurements are obtained by following current guidelines. Moreover, it should be mandatory for all published clinical research papers on hypertension to provide details on the methodology of the BP measurement.

Original publication




Journal article


J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich)

Publication Date





1089 - 1091


ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, blood pressure measurement, diagnosis, home blood pressure monitoring, recommendations, treatment, Blood Pressure, Blood Pressure Determination, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory, Guidelines as Topic, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Humans, Hypertension, Mass Screening, Primary Health Care