Transforming healthcare in rural India

Research carried out by Trust scholar Dr Raghupathy Anchala is contributing to major advances in the quality of primary health care available to patients in rural India who are suffering from hypertension.

Clinical guidelines and algorithms at the point of health care delivery, such as computerised decision support systems, are one way to improve the standard of care delivery, especially in places with few resources. 

Dr Raghupathy and his team have built and tested a clinical decision support system that helps the healthcare workforce to identify and treat hypertensive patients who may be at risk of cardiovascular disease. The system offers recommendations specific to each patient, including risk factors, disease management, and appropriate lifestyle counselling.  It has proved effective in the management of hypertension, as well as being cost-effective.

The work aims to empower the healthcare workforce in low and middle income countries, by enabling them to work with evidence-based clinical information and enhance their decision-making skills.

Dr Raghupathy was supported during his PhD in Cambridge by the Cambridge Trust and the Public Health Foundation of India, where he is now Associate Professor (PHFI Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad).