This study aims to find out how many women currently measure their own blood pressure during pregnancy. We want to understand what the quality of the readings is likely to be; by finding out which monitors women use (because only a few monitors are recommended for use in pregnancy), how old the monitors are and how often they are measuring their blood pressure. We will also ask whether women are sharing their readings with doctors and midwives, and how confident they feel themselves that they are accurately measuring their own blood pressure.
What we are doing:
This is a short survey that any pregnant women can complete. We are asking 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