Turkish Journal of Nephrology
Original Article

Do Hemodialysis Patients Aware of the Importance of Using Home Sphygmomanometer?

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Dmed Samsun Dialysis Clinic, Samsun, Turkey

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Division of Nephrology, Ordu University School of Medicine, Ordu, Turkey

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Division of Nephrology, İstanbul Bilim University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Turkish J Nephrol 2019; 28: 202-207
DOI: 10.5152/turkjnephrol.2019.3445
Read: 676 Downloads: 195 Published: 25 July 2019

Objective: We investigated the prevalence of patients owning a home sphygmomanometer among patients on hemodialysis, the type of home sphygmomanometer, the factors that affect owning a device, and the frequency of home blood pressure monitoring.

Materials and Methods: The study involved 359 prevalent hemodialysis patients from five hemodialysis centers. The data were collected by means of a questionnaire.

Results: A total of 272 (75.8%) patients owned a home sphygmomanometer. Most of them have been using an automated upper-arm device. The presence of diabetes and a high education level were the independent variables that affected owning of a home sphygmomanometer. Of the patients owning a home sphygmomanometer, 23.9% measured their blood pressure every day, whereas 14.7% stated that they measured it rarely or never. Of the 87 patients not having a home sphygmomanometer, 59.8% reported no reason for not buying a device.

Conclusion: A significant proportion of patients on hemodialysis owns a home sphygmomanometer, the majority of which is an upper-arm device. The rate of owning the device is higher among patients with a higher education level and among patients with diabetes. The primary reason for the patients’ not buying a device is lack of information about the importance of home blood pressure monitoring.

Cite this article as: Erdem E, Karataş A, Ecder T. Do Hemodialysis Patients Aware of the Importance of Using Home Sphygmomanometer? Turk J Nephrol 2019; 28(3): 202-7.

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