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