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TABLE 1

Percent of All Centers Performing and Documenting Each of the 5 Elements of an Appropriately Measured BP During the 12-Week Baseline Period, According to the Fourth Report Guidelines

Element of Appropriate Manual BP MeasurementConsistently Performing Before Intervention, %
All Centers (n = 17)Low Volume (n = 6)Medium Volume (n = 5)High Volume (n = 6)
Measure arm circumference (in cm) 17 
Document BP cuff size 24 17 60 
Allow 5 min of rest before measuring BP 12 20 17 
Use the right upper extremity when possible 47 33 60 50 
Average 2 manual BP readings 17 
Element of Appropriate Manual BP MeasurementConsistently Performing Before Intervention, %
All Centers (n = 17)Low Volume (n = 6)Medium Volume (n = 5)High Volume (n = 6)
Measure arm circumference (in cm) 17 
Document BP cuff size 24 17 60 
Allow 5 min of rest before measuring BP 12 20 17 
Use the right upper extremity when possible 47 33 60 50 
Average 2 manual BP readings 17 

Data were self-reported by each center in response to a query during the QIF course about manual BP practice patterns. Data are also categorized according to subgroups of clinic volumes during the study.

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