The Influence of Health Systems on Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control: A Systematic Literature Review

Posted at — Mario Hernández Cueto — agosto 2nd, 2013 — 11:59 under Editorial

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The Influence of Health Systems on Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control: A Systematic Literature Review

EditorialPor:  Will Maimaris mail, Jared Paty, Pablo Perel, Helena Legido-Quigley, Dina Balabanova, Robby Nieuwlaat y Martin Mckee.  PLoS Medicine 1 august 2013.

Hypertension (HT) affects an estimated one billion people worldwide, nearly three-quarters of whom live in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs). In both developed and developing countries, only a minority of individuals with HT are adequately treated. The reasons are many but, as with other chronic diseases, they include weaknesses in health systems. We conducted a systematic review of the influence of national or regional health systems on HT awareness, treatment, and control.  This review supports the minimization of medication co-payments in health insurance plans, and although studies were largely conducted in the US, the principle is likely to apply more generally. Studies that identify and analyze complexities and links between health systems arrangements and their effects on HT management are required, particularly in LMICs.  [Actualizado: 2 de agosto 2013].

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