DebateThe optimal schedule for self-monitoring of blood pressure by patients at homeStergiou, George Sa; Parati, Gianfrancob,c Author Information aHypertension Center, Third University Department of Medicine, Sotiria Hospital, Athens, Greece bDepartment of Clinical Medicine and Prevention, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy cDepartment of Cardiology, San Luca Hospital, IRCCS, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy Received 6 July, 2007 Accepted 6 July, 2007 Correspondence to George S. Stergiou, MD, Hypertension Center, Third University Department of Medicine, Sotiria Hospital, 152 Mesogion Avenue, Athens 11527, Greece Journal of Hypertension: October 2007 - Volume 25 - Issue 10 - p 1992-1997 doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e3282efc17d Buy Metrics Abstract The optimal schedule for home blood pressure monitoring should represent the usual level of home blood pressure, give a reproducible value, and have prognostic ability. Therefore, outcome studies, as well as short-term trials assessing the reproducibility of home blood pressure, its stability over time and its relationship with ambulatory blood pressure should be taken into account. A review of this evidence suggests that the optimal schedule should be based on 12–14 measurements, and even more measurements up to 25 are desirable. Morning and evening measurements should be obtained, with at least duplicate measurements per occasion. Measurements on the initial day should preferably be discarded. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.