Blood pressure publication guidelines


  • These guidelines were initialed by Richard Jennings and Michael Coles, whom we thank for their guidance, suggestions, and encouragement. We also thank John Cacioppo and Andrew Sherwood for their comments and advice.

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Blood pressure is one of the most commonly recorded functions in physiology and medicine, and it has become a major variable in recent psychophysiological and behavioral medicine research. Many methods have been developed for the measurement of blood pressure in clinical, laboratory, and natural settings. The broad objectives of this report are to summarize the most critical methodological issues in the measurement of blood pressure and to present principles and recommendations for the evaluation of blood pressure methods and findings in published studies.