Survey on the quality of blood pressure devices in pharmacies

Researchers from the University of Tasmania are running a survey for registered Australian pharmacists, and participants can go into a draw to win a $500 gift voucher

Self-measurement of blood pressure (BP) at home is widely recommended as a valuable tool for clinical diagnosis and ongoing management of high BP. Consumers are often directed to Australian pharmacies to purchase a BP device for self-measurement of BP. Therefore, pharmacies and pharmacists have a fundamental role in patient BP management.

A survey of the Australian public also found that 52% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that pharmacists are capable of performing testing for raised BP. However little is known on the quality of BP devices supplied through Australian pharmacies.

Researchers from the University of Tasmania are seeking to better understand this by surveying the views of practising pharmacists about the quality of BP devices.

The study is being conducted by blood pressure researchers from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Professor James Sharman and Dr Dean Picone, and pharmacy researchers from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Professor Greg Peterson and Dr Shane Jackson, University of Tasmania.

Registered Australian pharmacists are invited to participate, and participation in this research study is voluntary.

The survey takes about 10 minutes and those who complete can go into a draw to win a $500 gift voucher.

Pharmacists can access the survey here:

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