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Peer Review

Assessing Blood Pressure

by Scott Barker , Danny Mistry MD , Andrew Winterstein


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.6 stars
Ease of Use:
Reviewed: Nov 29, 2005 by Health Sciences

This learning module introduces the
learner to the proper technique and common errors associated with assessment
of blood pressure.  The program includes audio of blood pressure
sounds, interactive simulations, and self-assessment tools.  There are
eight components which include an introduction, concepts, positioning, the
procedure, Korotkoff sounds, three simulations, a review of common errors,
and a ten-item quiz.

Type of Material:

The learning module is a
tutorial that include a series of slides with photographs of the equipment
and the procedure, audio of the different blood pressure sounds, interactive
simulations and quiz.

Recommended Uses:

This material
could be used as an adjunct to lecture, readings, or homework assignments.

Technical Requirements:

This learning resource is available from
any computer connected to the Internet. There are special requirements
for use of audio and Macromedia Flash.

Identify Major Learning Goals:

The major learning goal
is for the learner to understand how to correctly assess a blood

Target Student Population:

The target student
is clinical and health sciences
students who are need to learn how to assess a blood pressure. In
addition, this learning modules could serve as review for unlicensed
assistive personnel and other health care providers.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

Learners should
understand basic anatomy and physiology related to blood pressure.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars

The strength of this learning module
is its completeness. A learner could learn the basics for assessing a
blood pressure in a very short time.


There are a few weaknesses:

  • A
    glossary of terms would be helpful although the terms are clearly defined
    within the module.

  • There is a link to information about the
    origin of Korotkoff sounds.

  • The quiz only tests the learner only at the knowledge level.  The
    questions do not include any critical thinking items.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.6 stars

The strength of this learning resource is:

  • The animations are creative and fun to use.

  • The photographs are clear and accurate.

  • The navigation is clear.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty


The learning resource is very easy to

  • The site is easy to navigate.

  • The presentation is clear, complete,
    and well organized.


 There are no concerns about the ease of

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States