The healthcare area professionals' knowledge of blood pressure measurement

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.

Hypertension; Kknowledge; Blood pressure


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