Journal reading

Home monitoring of blood pressure

Home blood pressure monitoring is the self-measurement of blood pressure by patients. In the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure it is complementary to 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and clinic blood pressure measurements.

Barry P McGrath, Aust Prescr 2015;38:16-9

  • Cost: free
Home monitoring of blood pressure

CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 6.3 Contribute to public and preventive health
  • 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision making


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Explain how to monitor blood pressure at home.
  2. Recall rationale for home monitoring.
  3. Assess results of home monitoring.