Mediterranean studies of cardiovascular disease and hyperglycemia: analytical modeling of population socio-economic transitions (MedCHAMPS)--rationale and methods

Int J Public Health. 2013 Aug;58(4):547-53. doi: 10.1007/s00038-012-0423-4. Epub 2012 Oct 31.


Objectives: In response to the escalating epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the Mediterranean Region (MR), an international collaboration aiming at understanding the burden of CVD and evaluating cost-effective strategies to combat it was recently established. This paper describes the rationale and methods of the project MedCHAMPS to disseminate this successful experience.

Methods: The framework of MedCHAMPS is exceptional in combining multiple disciplines (e.g. epidemiology, anthropology, economics), countries [Turkey, Syria, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Tunisia, UK, Ireland], research methods (situational and policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative studies, statistical modeling), and involving local stakeholders at all levels to assess trends of CVD/diabetes in the society and attributes of the local health care systems to provide optimal policy recommendations to reduce the burden of CVD/diabetes.

Results and conclusions: MedCHAMPS provides policy makers in the MR and beyond needed guidance about the burden of CVD, and best cost-effective ways to combat it. Our approach of building developed-developing countries collaboration also provides a roadmap for other researchers seeking to build research base into CVD epidemiology and prevention in developing countries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / economics*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics
  • Developed Countries / statistics & numerical data
  • Developing Countries / statistics & numerical data
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / economics*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia / economics
  • Hyperglycemia / epidemiology*
  • Hyperglycemia / prevention & control
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Mediterranean Region / epidemiology
  • Models, Statistical*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Syria / epidemiology
  • Tunisia / epidemiology
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology