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, 71 (5), 375-380

Standardizing Hypertension Management in a Primary Care Setting in India Through a Protocol Based Model

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Standardizing Hypertension Management in a Primary Care Setting in India Through a Protocol Based Model

Priyanka Satish et al. Indian Heart J.

Abstract

Hypertension is a leading cause of death in India. Control rates of hypertension are abysmal, even for people on treatment. There are a number of barriers to adequate control of hypertension in India, including therapeutic inertia and the lack of a systematic, simplified approach. Standardizing hypertension management through an evidence based model that sets thresholds for diagnosis, treatment goals, follow up intervals and choice of drugs can lead to improved management of hypertension in an individual hospital or health system. In this paper, we summarize the evidence for such a model, and adapt it to the Indian context, focusing on maximizing effectiveness, safety and ease of use by a non-expert. This model can be utilized by individual practitioners, hospitals, primary health centers (PHCs) and the Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) under the Ayushman Bharat initiative.

Keywords: Hypertension; Protocol; Quality improvement.

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of competing interest All authors have no conflict of interest to declare.

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