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Rethinking Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children and Adolescents

Beal, Judy, A., DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 3 - p 172
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000421
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Most pediatric providers do not think of hypertension as a common diagnosis in children and adolescents. However as reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2017, prevalence of hypertension has increased significantly since 1988, with most cases going undiagnosed or treated. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, discusses the new AAP guidelines on hypertension in children and adolescents.

Judy A. Beal is a Professor and Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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