The feasibility and acceptability of screening for hypertension in private drug retail outlets: a pilot study in Mwanza region, Tanzania

by Denna Michael, Dotto Kezakubi, Adinan Juma et al.
Int. Health (2016) 8 (5): 360-366 – First published online: May 11, 2016

7 pp. 224 kB

Hypertension is a major contributor to ill health in sub-Saharan Africa. Developing countries need to increase access for screening. This study assesses the feasibility and acceptability of using private sector drug retail outlets to screen for hypertension in Mwanza region, Tanzania. The authors conclude that blood pressure screening was feasible and acceptable to customers of private drug retail outlets. However many who were referred failed to attend at a referral centre and further research is needed in this area.

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