Automated oscillometric determination of the ankle-brachial index: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Willem J. Verberk*, Anastasios Kollias, George S. Stergiou

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Measurement of the ankle-brachial index (ABI) using a Doppler device is widely used to identify subjects with peripheral artery disease (PAD), and those who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. This paper presents a systematic review (Medline/PubMed, Embase and Cochrane) and meta-analysis of studies assessing the usefulness of automated oscillometric devices for ABI estimation and PAD detection compared with the conventional Doppler method. A total of 25 studies including 4186 subjects were analyzed. A random-effects model analysis showed that the average oscillometric ABI was similar to the Doppler ABI (mean difference +/- s.e. 0.020 +/- 0.018, P=0.3) but that the absolute differences were significant (0.048 +/- 0.009, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-891
JournalHypertension Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


  • ankle-brachial index
  • blood pressure measurement
  • Doppler
  • oscillometric
  • peripheral arterial disease

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