The present report is an update on the contribution of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program's (CHEP) Outcomes Research Task Force to the surveillance and monitoring efforts surrounding hypertension and hypertension-related conditions in Canada. Components of the program include advocating national physical measures surveys of blood pressure; analysis of national cross-sectional and longitudinal population-based health surveys that assess hypertension diagnosis and treatment; assessment of national and regional pharmacotherapy patterns using existing commercial databases; assessment of national and regional trends in hypertensive complications (stroke, myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure); development of a national system based on provincial administrative data to assess the incidence, prevalence and management of diagnosed hypertension; and assessing some aspects of CHEP implementation. Preliminary data support a large increase in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension corresponding to the initiation of CHEP.
Cites: Can J Public Health. 2005 May-Jun;96(3):217-2015913089