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Toolkit: Hypertension Physical Assessment Resources

Overall Physical Assessment:

This text offers a practical approach to patient assessment skills in pharmacy practice. The book covers basic anatomy and physiology, pathology, and system assessment through interview, communication, and some physical exams, to help pharmacists and pharmacy students correlate signs and symptoms of possible diseases. 


Jones RM. Patient Assessment in Pharmacy Practice. 3rd ed. Wolters Kluwer Health; 2016.

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This text describes fundamental skills such as communication, physical assessment, and laboratory and diagnostic information, as well as patient case presentation, therapeutic planning, and monitoring of drug intake.

Tietze KJ, ed.  Clinical skills for pharmacists; a patient focused approach.  3rd ed. St. Luois: Elsevier Mosby; 2012.

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Blood Pressure

The following video published in the New England Journal of Medicine on how to measure blood pressure.

Williams JS, Brown SM, Conlin PR.  Blood Pressure Measurement.  N Engl J Med. 2009; 360:e6. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm0800157

To view this video, click here. 




This link contains information on how to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure, click here.


Body Mass Index (BMI)

This link is an online BMI calculator and discusses how to assess wight using BMI and waist circumference, click here.  


Community Pharmacy-Based Point of Care Testing

This link discusses the basics of point of care testing in the community pharmacy setting, click here. 


Home Blood Pressure Monitors

The Pharmacist Letter has several resources which outlines ways to monitor and measure blood pressure (subscription needed to access article.) Click here.

This link includes a comprehensive list of blood pressure measurement devices by manufacturer.  The list of devices is organized by category that meet validation requirements.  Click here. 



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