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NIHR SPCR Blood pressure measurement paper highly commended

Congratulations to the researchers of the INTERPRESS-IPD collaboration. Their paper was highly commended in the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 2022 Research Paper of the Year awards – announced 19 October 2023.

Guidelines recommend measuring blood pressure (BP) in both arms, adopting the higher arm readings for diagnosis and management. Data to support this recommendation are lacking. The team evaluated associations of higher and lower arm systolic BPs with diagnostic and treatment thresholds, and prognosis in hypertension, using data from the Inter-arm Blood Pressure Difference—Individual Participant Data Collaboration.

The paper about the study was published in Hypertension in 2022 and was downloaded over 10,000 times to date. It was also cited in this year’s 2023 update to the European Society for Hypertension guidelines before being commended at the RCGP awards.

About the Research Paper of the Year Award

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award, gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. There are three categories: Clinical Research, Health Services Research (including Implementation and Public Health) and Medical Education with relevance to Primary Care. Papers are scored on the criteria of originality, impact, contribution to the reputation of general practice, scientific approach and presentation.

Read more on the blog post by C E Clark on the Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) Blog.

Read the paper at: Higher Arm Versus Lower Arm Systolic Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Outcomes: a Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data From the INTERPRESS-IPD Collaboration | Hypertension (

C.E. Clark is funded by NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Grant (Ref: 512).

S.T.J. McDonagh is funded by NIHR SPCR Fellowship.