We worked with Healthwatch Oxfordshire to understand people’s experience of taking their blood pressure at home.

Healthwatch England managed the study. It was supported by five local Healthwatch, including Bucks and Oxfordshire. We used an online survey and in-depth interviews to collect the feedback between August and October 2021.

What did we find?

We had 159 survey responses and interviewed six people. We wrote a report summarising what we heard. We’ve had a joint response to our report from the Bucks and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They welcomed the report. They also said they will use our recommendations to support home blood pressure monitoring in the future.

As well as commenting on the individual recommendations the response said:

Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire CCGs would like to thank Healthwatch for this very helpful report. The report covers areas we are working to expand so is an extremely timely and valuable addition to our knowledge base.

The Healthwatch feedback and recommendations will be extremely valuable to share with GP practices as they develop more comprehensive programs to support home BP monitoring.

Downloads

Keeping an Eye on Things Report

Joint response from the Bucks and Oxfordshire CCGs

Summary Report from Healthwatch Oxfordshire

Easy Read Report from Healthwatch Oxfordshire

Published on 28 Feb, 2022 (updated 25 Apr, 2022)

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2 comments on "Keeping an eye on things"

  • Commenter said on 29th June 2022

    Healthcare providers must ensure that devices for measuring blood pressure are properly validated, maintained and regularly recalibrated according to manufacturers’ instructions. Some people are made aware of this during their home BP monitoring, others are not. Some surgeries offer this service, others do not.

  • Commenter said on 20th March 2023

    There are limitations:
    Patients with arthritic hands, which is very common, will need assistance with the BP cuff placement.
    Some shop bought devices have been found to be inaccurate.
    There is risk of treatment change by patients based on casual home measurements without doctors’ guidance.
    May induce anxiety and excessive monitoring.

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