Prevalence of Hypertension in Vietnam: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Lana Meiqari*, Dirk Essink, Pamela Wright, Fedde Scheele

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Studies on the prevalence of hypertension in Vietnam have reported various estimates. There is no up-to-date assessment of the evidence on the magnitude of hypertension in Vietnam. Search engines for scientific and gray literature were used to identify relevant records for eligibility screening and quality assessment. Data from selected articles were extracted using standardized spreadsheets. Statistical analysis included estimating pooled prevalence and odds ratio, heterogeneity evaluation, meta-regression, and subgroup analysis, in addition to sensitivity analysis and publication bias evaluation. The pooled prevalence of measured hypertension in Vietnam was 21.1% (95% confidence interval = 18.5-23.7) based on 10 studies, and 18.4% (95% confidence interval = 15.2-21.8) based on 3 national surveys. Lower pooled prevalence was estimated for hypertension awareness (9.3%) and hypertension treatment (4.7%). The pooled prevalence of measured hypertension is significantly higher among men. The pooled prevalence of measured hypertension and hypertension awareness and treatment were significantly lower in rural settings. There is a need to strengthen efforts for primary and secondary prevention and disease management to reduce morbidity and mortality, especially in rural residence settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Early online date24 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • awareness
  • hypertension
  • meta-analysis
  • prevalence
  • systematic review
  • Vietnam


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