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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 134

Improving hypertension surveillance from a data management prospective: Data requirements for implementation of population-based registry

1 Department of Health Information Technology, School of Paramedical, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran
2 Department of Health Information Technology, Abadan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran
3 Department of Public Health, Abadan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran

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Dr. Hadi Kazemi-Arpanahi
Department of Health Information Technology, Abadan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Abadan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_37_20

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BACKGROUND: Hypertension (HTN) has become a major public health problem which can cause serious complications when it is not well-controlled. Prevention and effective care of HTN require a population-based registry. Thus, establishing this registry can be used to collect comprehensive, timely, and reliable data on epidemiology cases. The aim is to create a registry for the collection of highly required prospective data that will present an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of all individuals with HTN and track them over a particular chronological interval. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was divided into three phases: At first, a comprehensive literature review was conducted to determine the proposed data classes and data fields. Then, the final minimum data set was designed by a two-round Delphi consensus approach of 20 experts of cardiologists, nephrologists, nutritionist, and health information management. Finally, a web-based registry system was developed by a Structured Query Language environment. RESULTS: A total of two clinical and nonclinical data categories with nine data classes and 68 data fields were selected for their inclusion in the registry following the consensus phase. A web-based registry was designed with a modular and layered architecture. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides an appropriate information infrastructure for active tracing and monitoring of individuals with HTN. It has provided a practical information system allowing quality improvement, aggregate reporting for planning, and research purposes.

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