A Study of Prevalence of Hypertension among BBMP School Teachers
This was a cross sectional study with semi-structured questionnaires followed by quantitative data collection. Data was collected by doing school to school survey in BBMP area from each subject through a validated questionnaires regarding individual’s age, sex, sedentary occupation, height and weight, dietary pattern, BMI, income status, smoking, ischemic heart diseases.
Methodology: A Quantitative study was done from 16th July 2013 to 15th September 2013. Primary data was collected by visiting each school and collecting information through a validated questionnaire. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect information on job stress and other risk factors.
- Teachers who are travelling 1 to 2 hours to reach their office
- 40% of them are suffering from Hypertension.
- 35% of the teacher feels that the travelling is one of the important stress factors of which 38% of them are suffering from Hypertension.
- 39% of Teachers with 5 to 10 years of experience have Hypertension.
- There is high prevalence of hypertension among corporation school teachers.
- Younger age group (less than 30) are more in Pre-Hypertension stage.
- Greater proportions of teachers are not aware of Hypertension.
- But the Non-Hypertensive teachers are less interested to get their BP checked, though there are 36% of Pre-Hypertensive teachers among them.
- Establishing a good health profile of the professional workforce is an important investment for the economic future of India.
- To focus on live style changes and regular Blood Pressure check up.
- To focused on the teaching rather than on administrative works.
- Introduction of Yoga & practice to teachers will improve their mental and physical health.
- Focus on improving awareness about hypertension and to adopt. Monthly screening program by authorities.
- There is a huge scope to adopt primordial and primary prevention strategies to address the increasing burden of CVD.