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'1pm' Seminar Series

Title: ‘Socioeconomic Inequalities in High Blood Pressure in the Chilean Adult Population’

Speaker: Miss Andrea Guerrero-Ahumada

Date & Time: Friday 19th April 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Hypertension, one of the major cardiovascular risk factors, is highly prevalent around the world and tends to be higher in low and middle-income countries. The association between socioeconomic position and blood pressure has been analysed using diverse socioeconomic measures and different associations have been reported depending on the measure. The trend in inequalities in high blood pressure has been studied in high income countries but results are not consistent. In Chile, high blood pressure is one of the main health problems in the adults which could be contributing importantly to health inequalities in this country. The main aims of this PhD project are 1) To analyse the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in high blood pressure in Chilean adults and its contributing factors and 2) To examine the changes in socioeconomic inequalities in high blood pressure in Chilean adults between 2003 and 2010, using data from the 2003 and 2010 National Health Surveys.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and a Bachelor of Nursing-midwifery from the Universidad Catolica de Chile. Since 2005 she has worked as Head of the Epidemiology Research Unit in the Chilean Ministry of Health. She is currently a full-time PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Hynek Pikhart, Dr. Anne Peasey and Dr. Eric Brunner. Professor Elizabeth Breeze from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is Andrea’s external examiner.

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