Improving access to care for hypertensive patients in LMICs

Improving access to care for hypertensive patients in LMICs

Discipline: Global Health Startdate: Wednesday 1 July 2020
Year of study: In consultation Language: English
Level: MSc Medicine, MSc Epidemiology (writing assignment) or external Location: Intern UMC Utrecht and extern
Duration: 4-6 months Contact:


Hypertension affects one billion people globally and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke [1]. Currently, it is estimated that high blood pressure indirectly kills more than 10 million people every year [2, 3]. Estimates suggest that by 2025, the number of adults living with hypertension is estimated to increase to approximately 1.56 billion, with more than two-thirds living in LMICs [4]. Ensuring access to quality HTN care for affected populations involve complex interventions that are implemented through an integrated primary healthcare approach. It is essential to documents community-based strategies that exist for improving access to care for patients with high blood pressure in LMIC. Also, what remains unknown is how these community-based strategies impact access to care for hypertension patients in LMIC.

Research project

This study will be a systematic review of literature conducted according to the recommendations outlined in the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement. This review will be conducted on articles reporting relevant primary studies conducted in low middle-income settings to improve access to care for high blood pressure patients.

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