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Diaries in Ambulatory Monitoring

  • Margaret A. Chesney
  • Gail H. Ironson
Part of the The Springer Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine book series (SSBP)

Abstract

Ambulatory monitoring equipment frees the clinician and research scientist from the confines of the clinic and laboratory settings and permits the assessment of physiological parameters in the natural environment. There is increasing evidence that ambulatory monitoring provides a more representative assessment of an individual’s functioning than that afforded by standard clinic and laboratory measurements. Moreover, ambulatory monitoring is an opportunity to study interactions between physiological functioning and characteristics of the individual’s environment or behavior. These interactions are of interest because they may shed light on the marked variability in physiological measurements that is often observed. To examine these interactions, it is necessary to record information about the subject’s behavior and environment at the time ambulatory physiological measurements are made. Typically, the subject records this information in a diary throughout the monitoring period.

Keywords

Mood State Behavioral Medicine Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Neutral Point Diary Entry 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Chesney
    • 1
  • Gail H. Ironson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology, School of MedicineUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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