The Mayo Three-Community Hypertension Control Program implemented graduated programs for the control of high blood pressure in three rural southeastern Minnesota communities, beginning in 1974. Prevalence of hypertension (when defined as diastolic blood pressure, at initial screening, of 95 mm Hg or more) was similar to that found for comparable groups by age and sex in the United States generally, but an atypically high frequency of known but untreated hypertension was found. Programs of public and professional information, systematic household screening, continuing professional education (two communities), and a new community hypertension clinic (one community) were initiated, and plans were made to evaluate the programs simultaneously by means of total rescreening of persons found to be hypertensive initially. The present report describes in detail the design of the program and the results of initial screening in relation to findings in other populations at the time. Subsequent reports assess the impact of each program on its target community and of a community hypertension clinic within the one setting where this component of a model program was established.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Mayo Clinic Proceedings|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1979|
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