CHEP will merge with the Canadian Hypertension Society and Blood Pressure Canada in 2010 to form a single national hypertension organization, Hypertension Canada. While this transition will likely be unnoticed by health care professionals, over time, the merger is expected to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the prevention and control of hypertension in Canada. Canadian educational material for health care professionals and patients will carry the CHEP logo and name. For scientists, Hypertension Canada will develop a strategic plan that will sustain Canada’s strength in basic and outcomes research while enhancing Canada’s research capacity, especially in community and clinical research. It will ensure communication and collaboration among all four Canadian Institutes of Health Research pillars. Reducing dietary sodium intake will continue to be a priority for Hypertension Canada to prevent hypertension and to improve hypertension control.
CHEP will develop new programs in 2010 to help health care professionals and hypertensive Canadians stay up to date with the best evidence and resources to prevent and control hypertension. A new Web site (www.htnupdate.ca
) will provide an opportunity for health care professionals to sign up to receive electronic notices of all new CHEP hypertension resources and updates. Those who sign up can immediately download all current resources, or the resources can be downloaded at www.hypertension.ca/tools
. In addition, a new Internet-based lecture series will be launched in 2010 to allow health care professionals to interact with Canadian hypertension leaders and discuss important hypertension topics. Also, ‘train the trainer’ sessions have been developed and sessions will be held in venues across Canada to train health care professionals interested in becoming community educators in hypertension.
Canada will host the biennial scientific sessions of the International Society of Hypertension in Vancouver, British Columbia, from September 26 to 30, 2010. Interested scientists and clinicians should plan to attend this premier clinical and scientific meeting.
The state of hypertension diagnosis, treatment and control in Canada will be much clearer in 2010. Three major national surveys will report Canada’s performance in the prevention and control of hypertension in 2010. A Statistics Canada – Public Health Agency of Canada survey will report the national prevalence of hypertension, and the awareness, treatment and control rates in February 2010. The survey is much anticipated because the latest national surveys were performed from 1985 to 1992 and many studies since then have suggested that there are marked improvements in hypertension management (23
). Furthermore, a detailed Statistics Canada – Public Health Agency of Canada survey of Canadians with hypertension will be reported in 2010. The survey examines the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of hypertensive Canadians, and will allow tailored and, likely, more effective patient educational resources to be developed. Also in 2010, the first federal-provincial hypertension survey will be published, using linked provincial administrative databases. The methods for these surveys were developed in part by CHEP and allow ongoing examination of the incidence and prevalence of diagnosed hypertension in people with and without diabetes as well as linkages to total mortality rate. CHEP is developing methodology to add assessment of antihypertensive treatment and specific complications and causes of death to this survey. These surveys assess the national impact of programs to prevent and control hypertension and allow CHEP to tailor educational interventions to the objective needs of Canadians.
The CHEP executive thank the more than 100 health care professional volunteers who are working with CHEP to prevent and control hypertension. The collaborative approach among volunteers from clinical practice, academia and government – with the support of the primary care professional associations, the pharmaceutical health care industry, governments, charities and scientific organizations – has been associated with marked improvements in the management and outcomes of hypertensive Canadians.