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Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project in Barbados

By Elissa Dakers | 29 Sep, 2016

--In honor of World Heart Day, please take a moment to learn about how Barbados has tackled cardiovascular disease!--

In Barbados, the prevalence of hypertension among their population over 65 is as high as 75%. In response to the high rates of this disease, Barbados, with support from PAHO and the CDC, introduced the Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project. The project involves three basic things: the availability of core medications, the use of a standardized treatment algorithm, and the strengthening of the health care system.

Barbados has conducted a pilot project at two clinics, enrolling 30,000 hypertension patients over a two year span. By implementing a standardized protocol of care, they saw a 14% reduction in systolic pressure.

Please watch the video below to learn more about this project! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Abbi Bruce Replied at 1:18 PM, 29 Sep 2016

Thank you so much for sharing this- we go to Haiti 4x/year providing general medical care and HTN is the top medical issue we see (along with diabetes). I think this is a wonderful way to standardize the care we provide. I would love to see the protocol that you are using.
Would you be wiling to share.
thank you,
Abbi Bruce,RN, MS

Elissa Dakers Replied at 5:20 PM, 29 Sep 2016

Abbi, I am glad you find this topic helpful! While I am not involved in this project in Barbados, I thought it was a wonderful example to highlight. I have included a few resources below that I hope are of interest.

Perhaps our fellow community members have other insights?

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Rachel Zimmerman Replied at 10:41 AM, 1 Oct 2016

Great discussion. We have started a hypertension program at our clinic in Haiti and are seeing good results with about 5 core drugs we can get here (HCTZ, enalapril, amlodipine, methyldopa, and atenolol). I would love to see a protocol used in big projects such as the one in Barbados mentioned above.
Thanks,
Rachel Zimmerman, DPT
Medical Coordinator, We Care Haiti ministries

ABU FARUQUE Replied at 11:08 AM, 1 Oct 2016

Mee too.

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