Blood pressure assessment practices of dental hygienists.

Cynthia T. Hughes, Ana L. Thompson, Marie A. Collins

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An estimated 50 million Americans have high blood pressure (HBP), with 30% of them unaware of their condition. Both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) have advocated including recording blood pressure during the dental appointment. Recording blood pressure is also a standard procedure in patient care. This study surveyed 236 dental hygienists attending a continuing education program to document their blood pressure assessment practices. The majority (55%) of participants indicated they rarely or never record blood pressure. The primary reason cited by 51% of the participants was a lack of time in the appointment. Based on these findings, a recommendation was made for dental offices to modify their patient check-in procedures to include recording blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalThe journal of contemporary dental practice [electronic resource].
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2006


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