The AMBITIOUS study design and rationale: Ambulatory blood pressure in Taiwanese occupational healthcare staff

Li Tan Yang, Po-Wei Chen, Tsung Hsien Lin, Kuang Hsing Chiang, Chun Ming Shih, Ming Chia Hsieh, Wei Kung Tseng, Hung I. Yeh, Ping-Yen Liu

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Background: Sudden death is a rare but real threat to hospital-based physicians and surgeons. The association between sudden death and blood pressure (BP) fluctuations in healthcare providers has not been documented. We hypothesized that work-shift loading may lead to variable BP surges in hospital-based healthcare staff, which might contribute to their development of cardiovascular disease. Methods: Our intention is to ask 150 healthcare staff (doctors, medical technicians, and nurses) working in the coronary catheterization lab, intensive care unit, and the medical wards, respectively, to volunteer for the study. Their changes in BP would automatically be recorded every 60 minutes on an ambulatory BP monitoring machine for 24 hours during a normal workday. All events and activities would be recorded in a diary, which would allow us to coordinate BP changes with the work being done during the shift. All cardiovascular outcomes would be followed-up for a five-year duration. Conclusions: We herein report the rationale and design of this first multicenter trial in Taiwan to explore the BP behavior associated with long work shifts in healthy hospital-based healthcare providers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-569
Number of pages5
JournalActa Cardiologica Sinica
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 9

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Blood Pressure
Delivery of Health Care
Sudden Death
Health Personnel
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Medical Staff
Taiwan
Catheterization
Multicenter Studies
Intensive Care Units
Volunteers
Cardiovascular Diseases
Nurses
Physicians

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Yang, Li Tan ; Chen, Po-Wei ; Lin, Tsung Hsien ; Chiang, Kuang Hsing ; Shih, Chun Ming ; Hsieh, Ming Chia ; Tseng, Wei Kung ; Yeh, Hung I. ; Liu, Ping-Yen. / The AMBITIOUS study design and rationale : Ambulatory blood pressure in Taiwanese occupational healthcare staff. In: Acta Cardiologica Sinica. 2014 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 565-569.
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The AMBITIOUS study design and rationale : Ambulatory blood pressure in Taiwanese occupational healthcare staff. / Yang, Li Tan; Chen, Po-Wei; Lin, Tsung Hsien; Chiang, Kuang Hsing; Shih, Chun Ming; Hsieh, Ming Chia; Tseng, Wei Kung; Yeh, Hung I.; Liu, Ping-Yen.

In: Acta Cardiologica Sinica, Vol. 30, No. 6, 09.11.2014, p. 565-569.

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