Biofeedback and Self-Regulation in Essential Hypertension.
Interim rept. for period ending 20 Sep 77,
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF PSYCHIATRY
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This paper consists of a review of basic biofeedback research on the control of human blood pressure, a presentation of the clinical studies on the application of biofeedback methods to treatment of hypertension, and a summary of related clinical research on other methods of self-regulation for the disorder. Medical and physiological facts about the disorder and of importance to behavioral approaches are presented. Practical clinical issues which complicate the application of biofeedback are discussed. It is concluded that biofeedback and other behavioral procedures may provide alternative or adjunctive modalities in the treatment of high blood pressure. In several studies, biofeedback techniques appear to be effective in reducing pressure levels or in reducing medication requirements. However, the clinical research is incomplete, and more comprehensive studies are needed to evaluate the long-term effects and feasibility of biofeedback and other methods of behavioral and self-regulation in essential hypertension.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering