Projects

Providing care for patients with non-communicable diseases needs to incorporate a chronic model of care for both prevention and disease-management. Therefore, countries need to create or re-design a health care system to more effectively meet needs and expectations of patient’s with long-term health problems, and to improve access, quality, and continuity of care for patients. There has been limited consensus on how a health system can integrate chronic care for non-communicable disease in order to provide horizontal services to meet population’s needs, particularly in LMICs that are facing additional resource constraints. Vietnam is an ideal example of a LMIC facing the double burden of disease. Since 2000, a higher burden of hypertension was reported and studied; in addition, services for hypertension has been established and developed at the national, provincial, district and commune levels. The aim of this project is to investigate the relevance and practice of continuity of care for hypertension patients in Vietnam, in order to expand the informed-evidence on how health systems can provide continuity of care for non-communicable diseases in resource-constrained settings. Therefore, The research question is 'How did the Vietnamese health system incorporate the needs of hypertension patients in providing continuity of care at primary health care level? And what are the main lessons learned for other resource-constrained setting?'