Wealth and cardiovascular health: a cross-sectional study of wealth-related inequalities in the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in high-, middle- and low-income countries


Palafox B., McKee M., Balabanova D., AlHabib K. F. , Avezum A. J. , Bahonar A., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EQUITY IN HEALTH, vol.15, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12939-016-0478-6
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EQUITY IN HEALTH

Abstract

Background: Effective policies to control hypertension require an understanding of its distribution in the population and the barriers people face along the pathway from detection through to treatment and control. One key factor is household wealth, which may enable or limit a household's ability to access health care services and adequately control such a chronic condition. This study aims to describe the scale and patterns of wealth-related inequalities in the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in 21 countries using baseline data from the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology study.