Farm Com. 2019 Jun 28;11(2):5-13. doi: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2019/Vol11).002.02

Blood pressure screening campaign “May Measurement Month 2017”: An analysis of screening in Spanish community pharmacies

Andrés-Rodríguez NF1, 2, 3, Fornos-Pérez JA1, 2, 4, 5, Mera-Gallego I1, 6, 7, 8, Iracheta Todó M6, 7, 9, 10, Tous S6, 7, 11, Molinero A1, 2, 7, 12, 13
1. Grupo de Diabetes de SEFAC. 2. Doctor/a en Farmacia. 3. Farmacéutico comunitario en Vigo (Pontevedra). 4. Profesor Asociado de la Facultad de Farmacia de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. 5. Farmacéutico comunitario en Cangas do Morrazo (Pontevedra). 6. Licenciado/a en Farmacia. 7. Grupo de Hipertensión de SEFAC. 8. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Maella (Zaragoza). 9. Profesora Asociada de la Facultad de Farmacia de la Universidad de Barcelona. 10. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Sta. Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona). 11. Farmacéutico comunitario en Barcelona. 12. Profesora asociada de la Facultad de Farmacia de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. 13. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Fuenlabrada (Madrid).
Andrés-Rodríguez NF, Fornos-Pérez JA, Mera-Gallego I, Iracheta M, Tous S, Molinero A. Campaña de medida de la presión arterial (May Measurement Month) en 2017: análisis del cribado en farmacias comunitarias españolas. Farm Com. 2019 Jun 28;11(2):5-13. doi: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2019/Vol11).002.02
Abstract : 

Introduction: May Measurement Month is a global project that aims to raise awareness among the population in all participating countries, including Spain, of the importance of regular measurement of blood pressure (BP).

Aim: The primary objective of this research is to raise awareness among the Spanish population through the community pharmacies of the importance of knowing their BP figures in order to prevent problems resulting from poor control.

Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study carried out in community pharmacies of the 17 Spanish Autonomous Communities during the month of May 2017. Volunteer adults participated.

Primary endpoints: systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and heart rate in beats per minute.

Results: 3.267 measurements were performed by 190 pharmacists. 25.6% of participants had high BP figures. 40.6% of the total were treated for hypertension. 40.2% of those on treatment had uncontrolled BP. 43.3% of participants with high BP figures were untreated.

Conclusions: MMM17 campaign was spread through community pharmacies in all Autonomous Communities and has allowed to carry out BP measurements in patients who had never been measured and/or who had it measured more than a year ago.

A quarter of the population showed high BP values. The degree of control in participants with antihypertensive treatment was poor and almost half of those with elevated BP values were untreated.

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