An assessment of community health workers’ ability to screen for cardiovascular disease risk with a simple, non-invasive risk assessment instrument in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa: an observational study

by Thomas A Gaziano, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Catalina A Denman et al.
Lancet Glob Health 2015, Published Online July 15, 2015

8 pp. 476 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(15)00143-6.pdfcov200h_resize

Cardiovascular disease contributes substantially to the non-communicable disease (NCD) burden in low-income and middle-income countries, which also often have substantial health personnel shortages. Health workers without formal professional training can be adequately trained to effectively screen for, and identify, people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Using community health workers for this screening would free up trained health professionals in low-resource settings to do tasks that need high levels of formal, professional training.

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