Resting Doppler ankle brachial pressure index measurement: A literature review

Dorcus Sihlangu*, Julie Bliss

*Corresponding author for this work

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Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is under-diagnosed in primary and acute settings. The use of Doppler ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) is effective in diagnosing PVD , aid in determining aetiology of leg ulcers and is cost efficient in reducing the effects of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events. The aim of this literature review was to review practitioners' experience in using Doppler ABPI, different skills used to measure ABPI and to examine practitioners' confidence in ABPI. The findings identified variation in method for Doppler measurement: including position of the artery, arm measurement, resting period and type of equipment for measuring blood pressure, variations in practitioners' training and experience have demonstrated variability in ABPI results. Although limited in number, the studies have demonstrated knowledge gap, and the need for training among health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-324
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Ankle brachial pressure index
  • Doppler
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Training


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