Feature Article

Blood pressure management during COVID-19. Tricks and traps of home monitoring

Kathryn Ducharlet, Robert MacGinley, Limy Wong

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in patients performing home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM). It is important that patients have the correct equipment when performing HBPM and for GPs to provide adequate education, training and follow up to successfully manage patient health, as well as identify any comorbidities.

Key Points

  • The rapid transformation of healthcare provision during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has necessitated increased home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM).
  • HBPM is an effective and reproducible method for the diagnosis and management of hypertension if performed using a standardised, evidence-based protocol.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has provided opportunities to innovate and collaborate with patients, using technology to improve health awareness, engagement and empowerment, enabling patients to perform HBPM.
  • Clinicians are required to provide education and support to ensure optimal technique and response to blood pressure measurements.