Process of care and prescribing practices for hypertension in public and private primary care clinics in Malaysia

Tong Seng Fah, Ee Ming Khoo, Saleh Nordin, Cheong Lieng Teng, Verna Kar Mun Lee, Abu Hassan Zailinawati, Wei Seng Chen, Omar Mimi

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Abstract

This study aimed to compare the process of care and the choice of antihypertensive medications used in both public and private primary care clinics in Malaysia. A cross-sectional survey was completed in 2008 on randomly selected 100 public health clinics and 114 private primary care clinics in Malaysia. A total of 4076 patient records, 3753 (92.1%) from public clinics and 323 (7.9%) from private clinics were analyzed. Less than 80% of the records documented the recommended clinical and laboratory assessments. The rates of documentation for smoking status, family history of premature death, retinal assessment, and urine albumin tests were lower in public clinics. Overall, 21% of the prescription practices were less than optimal. The process of care and the use of antihypertensive medications were not satisfactory in both settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-775
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Antihypertensive Agents
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Premature Mortality
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Prescriptions
Albumins
Public Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
Smoking
Urine

Keywords

  • family practice
  • health service evaluation
  • hypertension
  • Malaysia
  • primary health care
  • process of care
  • research design

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Process of care and prescribing practices for hypertension in public and private primary care clinics in Malaysia. / Seng Fah, Tong; Khoo, Ee Ming; Nordin, Saleh; Teng, Cheong Lieng; Lee, Verna Kar Mun; Zailinawati, Abu Hassan; Chen, Wei Seng; Mimi, Omar.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 24, No. 5, 09.2012, p. 764-775.

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Seng Fah, Tong ; Khoo, Ee Ming ; Nordin, Saleh ; Teng, Cheong Lieng ; Lee, Verna Kar Mun ; Zailinawati, Abu Hassan ; Chen, Wei Seng ; Mimi, Omar. / Process of care and prescribing practices for hypertension in public and private primary care clinics in Malaysia. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 5. pp. 764-775.
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