Perceived benefits and barriers of a novel approach to prenatal blood pressure monitoring

Hypertensive disorders occur in 10% of all pregnancies in the US, and may develop at as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy or as late as 12 weeks after delivery.
These hypertensive disorders of pregnancy increase women's chances of poor maternal and fetal outcomes.
A blood pressure reading ≥140/90 mm Hg in a clinical setting and ≥135/85 in an outpatient setting should be treated immediately in order to lower the risk for maternal and fetal complications (Brown et al., 2018).
Telemonitoring, or the monitoring of home vitals under the care of a physician, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife, has the potential to empower patients to engage in prenatal self-care and reduce clinic and emergency care visits (Feroz et al., 2020).
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Abstract/Description: Hypertensive disorders occur in 10% of all pregnancies in the US, and may develop at as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy or as late as 12 weeks after delivery. These hypertensive disorders of pregnancy increase women's chances of poor maternal and fetal outcomes. A blood pressure reading ≥140/90 mm Hg in a clinical setting and ≥135/85 in an outpatient setting should be treated immediately in order to lower the risk for maternal and fetal complications (Brown et al., 2018). Telemonitoring, or the monitoring of home vitals under the care of a physician, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife, has the potential to empower patients to engage in prenatal self-care and reduce clinic and emergency care visits (Feroz et al., 2020).
Subject(s): Prenatal blood pressure monitoring
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