Evaluation of a hypertension screening programme in Independence, Belize

West Indian Med J. 2005 Mar;54(2):130-4. doi: 10.1590/s0043-31442005000200009.


This study assesses the effectiveness of a hypertension-screening programme in Independence, Belize. Forty-nine of the 101 patients screened were found to have elevated blood pressure readings and were advised to seek medical care. Four months later, interviews with 35 of the 49 patients from the hypertensive group revealed that 85.7% of the patients had sought medical care. Women, elderly patients and patients with a previous history of hypertension were more likely than men, younger patients and those without a history of hypertension to seek follow-up medical care. The screening programme successfully directed a high proportion of patients with elevated blood pressure to seek appropriate medical care.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Belize / epidemiology
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diagnosis*
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Mass Screening* / methods
  • Mass Screening* / trends
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Program Evaluation* / standards
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Distribution