Expert meeting to discuss the draft National Guideline on Management of Hypertension among Adults


USAID Health Care Improvement Project in Georgia together with National Center of Disease Control and Public Health conducted meeting with representatives of Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MoLHSA), leaders of Professional Medical Associations, heads of the medical facilities and clinical experts from all over the Georgia  to share joint activities to prevent and control Hypertension and discuss the draft National Guideline on Management of Hypertension among Adults. 

The National Hypertension Guideline has been elaborated   with technical and financial support of  USAID HCI project  as the response to the initiative of Health Care Department of MoLHSA. It has been developed by the Guideline Development Working Group, comprised with Georgia HCI project team and   key clinical experts of relevant Professional Medical Associations. Based on the most recent and best available international evidence and adapted to the country context, the guideline presents 152 updated recommendations for medical providers on 24 clinical questions that cover practically all aspects of hypertension screening, diagnosis and management. To enhance provision of the best hypertension screening and management practices to every patient every time, the guideline also consists with job aids, algorithms, passways, medical chart insert forms and indicators for routine  assessment of quality of provided services. To support patient education and self-management, the project also developed patient version of the Guideline and Patient Diary. 

During the meeting experts of the field expressed importance of updating evidence on one of the priority disease among adults in Georgia and highlighted the quality  of the draft presented. Some aspects of the guideline caused heated discussions between experts. The project distributed written position of the guideline development group on all comments presented verbally or electronically. After final comments from the meeting participants, the draft guideline will be submitted to MoLHSA for adoption at the Guideline Development Council. 

The meeting was featured in news programs of two national TV Chanels as an example of the state and donor partnership to improve health of population.