This study aimed to find out how many women currently measured their own blood pressure during pregnancy. We wanted to understand what the quality of the readings were likely to be; by finding out which monitors women used (because only a few monitors are recommended for use in pregnancy), how old the monitors were and how often they were measuring their blood pressure. We will also asked whether women were sharing their readings with doctors and midwives, and how confident they felt themselves that they were accurately measuring their own blood pressure.
What we dID:
This was a short survey that any pregnant women could complete. We asked over 1000 pregnant women across around 10 different hospitals to complete the survey.
How this could benefit patients:
This is part of a larger programme of work looking at the potential of self-monitoring of blood pressure to improve the detection and management of raised blood pressure in pregnancy. Increasing women’s involvement through self-monitoring could underpin a new cost-effective model of care during pregnancy that also improves satisfaction and the quality of care.
This work is now published here