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Awareness status and prevalence of hypertension in a group of urban Haitians: findings of a population-based survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11572408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this project was to evaluate knowledge and awareness status about hypertension among a group of Haitian adults in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and also to assess treatment status among hypertensive persons within this group. METHODS: Adults (> or =18 yrs) accompanying a sick person to a private clinic or a health center were asked to participate in a cross-sectional survey. Face-to-face questionnaires were administered to volunteers. Blood pressure measurements, weight, and height were obtained on site. RESULTS: A total of 382 subjects enrolled. Two hundred and eighty-nine subjects (approximately 76%) were normotensives. Among hypertensives: thirty-nine (10%) had borderline hypertension with systolic pressure > or =140<160 mm Hg and diastolic pressure > or =90<95 mm Hg, while fifty-four (14%) had blood pressure levels > or =160/95 mm Hg. Among subjects classified as hypertensive, fifty-seven (61%) were unaware of their high blood pressure and its risk. Only 3 of those aware (8%) reported receiving regular therapy. Thirty percent (30%) of participants believed hypertension was not a serious problem. CONCLUSION: These results highlight the need for information about awareness, prevalence, and control of hypertension in Haiti's population. This information could be used as the baseline in the planning of a cost-effective national primary prevention strategy.
Authors:
M L Shipp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ethnicity & disease     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1049-510X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ethn Dis     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-26     Completed Date:  2002-02-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109034     Medline TA:  Ethn Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35205, USA. mshipp@dopm.uab.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Analysis of Variance
Attitude to Health
Awareness
Chi-Square Distribution
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Haiti / epidemiology
Humans
Hypertension / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Male
Middle Aged
Prevalence
Questionnaires
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Urban Population

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