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The need for a Website
The diagnosis and management of hypertension is dependent on accurate measurement of blood pressure - if the measuring device (sphygmomanometer) produces inaccurate figures, it follows that incorrect management decisions will be made.
It follows, therefore, that the consumer, whether medical or lay, should be able to obtain information on the accuracy of a device. However, the majority of devices on the market have not been evaluated independently for accuracy.
In an effort to provide this information papers have been published in the medical literature from time to time, but such surveys have the disadvantage of being obtainable only by journal subscribers, and the information soon becomes outdated in that this forum cannot keep pace with the availability of new devices.
This website was founded to overcome these difficulties by making up-to-date evidence-based information available on the Internet to consumers and the device manufacturing industry. It is hoped
that by doing so, blood pressure measurement will become more accurate, resulting in improved management and benefit to many millions of patients at risk from heart attack and stroke. It is anticipated
that this portal will be used to facilitate the speedy announcement of validation results and consumer information on blood pressure measuring devices.