Hypertension Specialist Program; CHARTER FILES

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Hypertension Specialist Program; CHARTER FILES


Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease and a major cause of illness and death in the Philippines. Its prevention, diagnosis and management are of fundamental importance to public health and require a cooperative and multidisciplinary approach.

Primary care or family physicians play a key role in the identification of patients and the treatment of the majority of hypertensive patients. However, physicians with multidisciplinary knowledge, appropriate training and extensive experience that allow the expert management of the more complex and difficult cases such as secondary hypertension, complicated and refractory hypertension, hypertension with concomitant illnesses and compliance problems are essential.

A formal method of identifying and recognizing these hypertension specialists seems necessary to promote the coordinated effort of frontline health care providers and these physicians with expertise in the management of hypertension.

The Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) has thus created the Hypertension Specialist designation to recognize physicians with expertise and knowledge in the management of hypertension and related disorders.

The goals of the Philippine Hypertension Specialist Program are:

1.To identify and recognize Philippine Hypertension Specialists;

2. To contribute to the formation of these specialists by establishing and/or accrediting teaching and training programs on hypertension;

3.To improve the treatment of hypertension in the Philippines;

4.To help prevent cardiovascular diseases in the Philippines;

The role of the Hypertension Specialist:

Control of hypertension is among the most cost-effective ways of preventing cardiovascular illness and death. Unfortunately, many hypertensive patients in the Philippines do not receive optimal care for hypertension and do not achieve current blood pressure goals.

The gap between the predictable benefits of good hypertension care and the actual results from usual practice is substantial and even wider in medically underserved areas of the country. Most hypertensive patients can be effectively managed by primary health care providers: family physicians, general practitioners and general internists.

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