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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rapid implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure, in order to reduce face-to-face consultations for pregnant women whilst maintaining adequate safety for the woman and her baby. This research aims to understand how this was done and to use this experience to understand the barriers and facilitators for successful implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure into antenatal care.

Part of our Helping Patients to Manage Their Own Conditions research theme

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Aims

  • Examine the real-life use of self-monitoring of blood pressure that took place during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Understand more about how women were able to take on self-monitoring

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Deliverables

  • We will identify the advantages and disadvantages for women and health professionals of implementing self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy. This will enable more widespread and successful implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure going forward. 

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Expected Impact

  • These findings provide a timely insight into the perspectives of pregnant women and health care professionals about the use of self-monitoring of blood pressure in antenatal care to reduce in face to face consultations, whilst maintaining patient safety.

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