The public’s experience of monitoring their blood pressure at home

People increasingly use remote medical technologies to keep tabs on their health. Healthwatch Hampshire were part of a project looking at people's experience monitoring their blood pressure from home to see what NHS services can learn.
An image of a blood pressure monitor

Blood pressure monitors are one of the many fast-growing solutions that can help people monitor and improve their health in the comfort of their own homes.

NHS Digital asked Healthwatch England to help them evaluate their remote blood pressure monitoring pilot (BP@Home) to understand peoples’ experiences of remote blood pressure monitoring and how GPs use their readings.

With the help of five local Healthwatch areas including us here in Hampshire, around 500 people were supported to share their experiences. 

People told us that there are many benefits to blood pressure monitoring at home, including peace of mind, feeling in control, and convenience. But there are serious questions about whether the real benefits of better health outcomes are being realised.

We found that there are vital gaps in GP processes that negatively impact patients' experiences. This is demotivating for people and means opportunities to address blood pressure problems could be missed.

Some of the things patients told us

  • People use blood pressure monitors at home for many reasons – not just when advised by medical professionals

  • The experiences of those prompted by their GP to use a monitor at home fall short in many ways. 

    • People were not given enough information about how to use their monitors

    • Many people are not submitting readings regularly.

    • When people do submit readings, they often don't hear back from their GP

  • People are willing to continue monitoring blood pressure remotely but have ideas on how the NHS can improve support

You can read more about the project and download the report in full by clicking here. If you need this report in a different format, please email enquiries@healthwatch.co.uk or call 0300 0068 3000.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

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