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Impact of population-based strategies to improve blood pressure control in South Africa

High blood pressure (BP) is a leading cause of mortality globally and is extremely prevalent in many of the largest low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Therefore, population strategies to improve BP control may be a promising way of achieving population-wide improvements in longevity across LMICs.

In this presentation, Sudharsanan will present two studies that leverage causal inference techniques from epidemiology and economics to assess the mortality impact of BP control policies and evaluate a real-world approach to improving BP control in South Africa.

Using a demographic extension of the parametric g-formula, the first paper simulates the impact of hypothetical blood pressure control policies on cohort life expectancy at age 30. The second paper uses a novel application of the regression discontinuity design to explore how BP reductions might be realistically achieved by estimating the effect of population-wide home-based hypertension screening on BP change over time.              


Dr Nikkil Sudharsanan leads the research group on Population Health and Development at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. Nikkil's main research aim is to improve the health of older populations in LMICs by studying both health systems and individual health-related decision making.


Please note that this session will NOT be live-streamed/recorded.


Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.


Population Studies Group