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Country experiences on the path to exclusive use of validated automated blood pressure measuring devices within the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative


Lombardi, C and Picone, DS and Sharman, JE and Campbell, NRC and Farias, R and Guerre, S and Gittens, A and Paccot, M and Villacres, N and Valdes, Y and Ordunez, P, Country experiences on the path to exclusive use of validated automated blood pressure measuring devices within the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative, Journal of Human Hypertension pp. 1-6. ISSN 0950-9240 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41371-022-00706-9


The aim of the HEARTS in the Americas initiative is to promote the adoption of global best practices in the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases, and improve the control of hypertension. HEARTS is being implemented in 21 countries and a diverse set of actions and measures are in progress to improve exclusive access in primary health care facilities to automated blood pressure measuring devices that have been validated for accuracy. The purpose of this manuscript is to illustrate these efforts, mainly in the regulatory and public procurement arena, and to present information on common challenges and solutions identified. Examples from six countries confirm the need for not only a robust regulatory framework to increase availability of validated automated blood pressure measuring devices but also a comprehensive strategic approach that involves relevant stakeholders, includes a multi-pronged approach and is associated with a national program to prevent and control non communicable diseases.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:blood pressure, hypertension, public health, education, accuracy of blood pressure measurement
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Picone, DS (Dr Dean Picone)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:153006
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-09-01
Last Modified:2022-12-20
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