Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Toward Blood Pressure Measurement at Home Among Japanese Nurses

Mami Ishikuro, Sergio Ramón Gutiérrez Ubeda, Taku Obara, Ikue Watanabe, Hirohito Metoki, Masahiro Kikuya, Shinichi Kuriyama, Ryoko Maruyama, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Yutaka Imai

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Abstract

The self-measurement of blood pressure (BP) at home is useful in predicting the level of target organ damage and in managing hypertension. Nurses are essential practitioners for managing hypertension; however, it is unclear whether they have adequate knowledge of home BP management. This study assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of home BP measurement among Japanese nurses. A questionnaire regarding home BP measurement was distributed among nurses and collected by mail. A total of 6,002 (61.8%) responses were eligible for the study. The proportion of participants who correctly recognized the reference values for clinic BP and home BP was 9.9% and 2.8%. Midwives and those working for the government had the highest proportion of correct responses of reference values among all nursing subgroups. Participants who thought that home BP gave the most important BP information were 62.7%. About 60% of the participants who recommended home BP measurement to hypertensive patients preferred to recommend an upper-arm cuff device. Our findings suggested that more knowledge of home BP measurement among nurses is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
Number of pages8
JournalHome healthcare now
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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