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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

RABELLO, Cláudia Cristina Pereira; PIERIN, Angela Maria Geraldo  and  MION JR., Décio. The healthcare area professionals' knowledge of blood pressure measurement. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2004, vol.38, n.2, pp. 127-134. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342004000200002.

This study investigated the theoretical and technical knowledge of blood pressure measurement from 110 nursing assistants, 44 physicians and 25 nurses by answering to a questionnaire and practical knowledge through the observation of the blood pressure measurement procedure. In the theoretical knowledge the three categories showed statistically significant differences (p<0,05), the nursing assistants showed a lower indicator of the correctness (32%±12%) followed by nurses (44%±14%) and physicians (56%±13%). In the practical knowledge the physicians showed higher percentage of correctness (50%±12%) (p<0.05); followed by nurses (44%±10%) and nursing assistants (41%±6%). In conclusion, the knowledge of blood pressure measurement was not satisfactory.

Keywords : Hypertension; Kknowledge; Blood pressure.

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