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Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Knowledge Gaps and Future Research Needs (3 of 3)

The effectiveness of SMBP monitoring may vary by patient characteristics or attitudes. Future studies should, therefore, examine characteristics that are associated with adherence with SMBP monitoring. Data gathered should encompass demographic, psychosocial, educational, economic, and geographic factors, in addition to clinical variables.

Other important areas for future research include examining the role of various measures for improving the accuracy of and adherence with SMBP monitoring, as well as improving the transmission of SMBP information for decisionmaking. Investigations should also be made into further use of telemedicine for patient-provider interaction regarding results of SMBP monitoring and medication management.

Additionally, the relative ability of SMBP and ambulatory BP monitoring to diagnose hypertension should be studied.