Geographical variation in prevalence of hypertension within The Gambia

van der Sande, M A W, Milligan, P J M, Walraven, G E L, Dolmans, W M V, Newport, M, Nyan, O A, Banya, W A S, Thien, Th, Ward, R and McAdam, K P W J (2001) Geographical variation in prevalence of hypertension within The Gambia. Journal of Human Hypertension, 15 (10). pp. 733-739. ISSN 0950-9240

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Hypertension has become an important public health problem for sub-Sahara Africa. In a previous nationwide study, we observed a high degree of geographical variation in the prevalence of diastolic hypertension. Geographical variation provides essential background information for the development of community randomised trials could suggest aetiological mechanisms, inform control strategies and prompt further research questions. We designed a follow-up study from the nine high-prevalence communities, and from 18 communities where hypertension was found least prevalent (controls). In each community, 50 households were randomly selected. In each household, an (unrelated) man and woman were enrolled. The risk for hypertension (blood pressure > or =160/95 mm Hg) was higher in the high prevalence communities compared to the control villages (adjusted OR = 1.7, 95% CI 1.3-2.2). The observed coefficient of variation in hypertension prevalence, k, was 0.30. Thus we confirmed significant geographical variation in prevalence of hypertension over time, which has implications for planning of interventions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0251 Constitutional diseases (General)
Depositing User: pam Thompson
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 17:36
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 13:41
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