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This brief is supported by the Penn Population Aging Research Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging (2P30AG012836-26).
Among adults in rural Malawi, population health screening for high blood pressure (BP) led to a 22-percentage point drop in the likelihood of being hypertensive four years later. Individuals with elevated BP received a referral letter upon initial screening; at follow-up, they had lower BP and higher self-reported mental health than individuals with similar BP who were just below the threshold for referral. Population health screenings can reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in low-income countries.
health screening, hypertension, non-communicable diseases, regression discontinuity design, matching estimator, low-income countries, Malawi
Ciancio, Alberto; Kämpfen, Fabrice; Kohler, Hans-Peter; and Kohler, Iliana V., "Health Screening for Emerging and Non-Communicable Disease Burdens Among the Global Poor" (2021). Penn Population Studies Research Briefs. 2.
Date Posted: 23 February 2021