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Hypertension Management Training Curriculum

Background

More people die from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) worldwide than from any other cause, with CVDs accounting for one in three deaths. Hypertension is the leading cause of heart attack, stroke-related cognitive dysfunction, and renal complications.

More than 75% of CVD deaths occur in low- or middle-income countries, with a higher proportion of people under 70 years old dying from CVD in lower-income countries compared to higher-income countries. Training the workforce to better address hypertension contributes to a more robust and stronger health system prepared to respond to all types of disease threats.

Hypertension Management Training Overview

This training is designed for primary health care workers and managers and focuses on the use of a standardized protocol and other clinical management tools, such as patient cards, registers, and reporting templates. It also includes a section on guidance and recommendations for district supervisors.

Interactive lectures, case studies, and activities draw on national cardiovascular disease/hypertension guidelines and public health technical packages, such as HEARTS, to provide instruction on how to improve the management of hypertension.

Course Design

  • The course is comprised of seven sessions with accompanying Participant Guides, Facilitator Notes, and PowerPoint files.
  • Prior to conducting the training, the course content should be tailored to the country context. The course is designed to easily facilitate adaptation and inclusion of country-specific information.
  • PDF versions of the files are available at the bottom of this page, and range in size from 293KB to 3MB. To request editable versions of course files for local adaptation, please go to the Hypertension Training Curriculum Request Form.

 

Course Summary

Course Goal
At the end of the course, participants will be able to effectively diagnose, treat, and monitor hypertensive patients at the primary health care level.

Course Outcomes
This training will enhance workforce capacity by equipping participants with the skills to:

  • Effectively diagnose and treat hypertension
  • Make hypertension management patient-focused
  • Strengthen monitoring of patients and hypertension programs

 
Intended Users

  • Primary health care providers such as doctors, nurses and other clinical staff
  • Facility managers
  • District supervisors of primary health centres

 
Estimated Time

  • Variable; can range from one to three days.
  • The recommended time frame for primary health care providers and facility managers is up to two days.
  • The recommended time frame for district supervisors is up to three days.

 

Hypertension Management Training Curriculum Course Files

TRAINING MODULE PURPOSE FACILITATOR GUIDE PARTICIPANT GUIDE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
Hypertension management training overview Overview of training goals, design, materials, and techniques PDF N/A N/A
Session 1: Burden of cardiovascular disease and hypertension around the globe and in [COUNTRY] Ability to convey to patients, health care workers, and leaders the importance of improved treatment of hypertension PDF PDF PDF
Session 2: Measurement of blood pressure Ability to correctly measure blood pressure and diagnose hypertension PDF PDF N/A
Session 3: Treatment of hypertension Ability to treat patients with hypertension using standardized protocol, follow-up for adherence to treatment, and manage associated co-morbidities to achieve target blood pressure control PDF PDF PDF
Session 4: Service delivery and patient monitoring Ability to identify current service delivery strengths and gaps and to correctly fill out primary health care-level recording tools PDF PDF PDF
Session 5: Reporting and monitoring system Ability to correctly fill out primary health care-level recording and reporting tools PDF PDF PDF
Session 6: Assessment: Turning data into actionable intelligence Ability to manage, analyze and interpret data and prepare periodic performance reports PDF PDF PDF
Session 7: Supervision Ability to conduct supervisory visits and provide constructive feedback to PHC staff PDF PDF PDF
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