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Integrative Review: Teaching Strategies and Tools Used to Assess the Knowledge of Health Science Students Concerning Blood Pressure Measurement

Cynthia Kallás Bachur1, Juliana Pereira Machado2, Eugenia Velludo veiga3*, José Alexandre Bachur4 and Paulo Alexandre Carvalho Ferreira5

1Professor, University of Franca, Physical Therapy and Medicine, Brazil

2Assistant Professor, Centro UniversitárioBarão de Mauá,Brazil

3Associate Professor, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, Brazil

4Professor, University of Franca, PhysicalTherapy Program, Brazil.

5Professor, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra, Portugal.

Corresponding Author:
Eugenia Velludoveiga
Avenida dos Bandeirantes
3900, Campus Universitário
Bairro Monte Alegre, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 3, 2014; Accepted date: July 31, 2014; Published date: August 4, 2014

Citation: Bachur CK, Machado JP, Veiga EV, Bachur JA, Ferreira AC (2014) Integrative Review: Teaching Strategies and Tools Used to Assess the Knowledge of Health Science Students Concerning Blood Pressure Measurement. J Addict Res Ther 5:188. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000188

Copyright: © 2014 Bachur CK, et al. This is an open-access article distributedunder the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Introduction and objectives: Eventhough indirect blood pressure measurement is a non-invasive procedure, it poses theoretical and practical challenges. This study’s aim was to investigate what has already been published concerning Health Science students’ knowledge of blood pressure measurement, to identify the tools used to estimate this knowledge and the teaching strategies adopted.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted. Research was carried out in four databases, using controlled and uncontrolled keywords.

Results: With regard to the level of evidence, 75% of the eight studies selected were classified as level 6, 12.5% was classified as level 4, and 12.5% as level 3. Nursing students were assessed in 62.5% of the studies; pharmacology students in 12.5%; chiropractic students in 12.5%, and both nursing and medical students were assessed in 12.5% of the studies. In regard to teaching strategies, 50% of the studies assessed traditional teaching methods; 12.5% also used role-playing as a teaching strategy; 12.5% used an arm simulator for blood pressure measurement; 12.5% designed pedagogical games; and 12.5% adopted an extracurricular program with lectures, video tutorials, and developed skills in the laboratory.

Conclusions: Most were observational studies assessing traditional teaching methods by means of nonvalidated questionnaires and checklists, following the recommendations of the American Heart Association. Pedagogical interventions were rare.


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