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Revista de Salud Pública

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ORTEGA-BOLANOS, Jesús. Producing know-how and making recommendations for promoting high blood pressure management in Colombia , 1998-2005. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.2, pp.322-331. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Producing know-how and making recommendations concerning the most effective health promotion community interventions for managing high blood pressure in Colombia. Methods A systematic review was made of the Cochrane, Lilacs, Ovid, Proquest and Pubmed databases, the main interest of the study lying within the framework of the most effective community interventions around the world for managing high blood pressure. The following search words were used: systematic review, community intervention, cost effectiveness, health promotion and high blood pressure. Studies published in Spanish, English and Portuguese were reviewed. The research strategies used were derived from defining the most pertinent methodological approach for involving individual, interpersonal and community levels in developing the project. Results 1 041 articles were obtained from the systematic review of the literature: 246 abstracts, 197 articles about educational interventions for preventing and controlling high blood pressure and 53 articles adopting different approaches regarding informative interventions and communication. Only 11 complete referenced articles from this world of information fulfilled the levels of evidence and evaluation criteria necessary for producing recommendations. Conclusions The available evidence concerning effective, culturally-suitable programmes and for promoting a reduction in these risk factors is limited. Greater evidence regarding community interventions is required for reducing risk factors directed towards special population groups adapted to the cultural characteristics of the participating population. This must involve determinants of the social and physical context related to social practices, these being developed on a large scale within the daily settings in which the subjects and their families are living .

Keywords : Systematic review; cost effectiveness; health promotion; high blood pressure.

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