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Hypertension- Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (HOTTM)


The Health of the Nation 2011 study reported that 40% of the Barbadian population has a diagnosis of hypertension/high blood pressure (HTN). Achieving adequate blood pressure control at home starts with knowing when the blood pressure levels are too high. Using practical demonstrations this course educates you on how to test the blood pressure and how to interpret the results. The course also addresses the pathophysiology of hypertension, the complications associated with hypertension and the management and treatment of the disease.  On completion, you would be able serve in a community, support role for the management of hypertension, alongside medical personnel.  This course (HOTTM) is a natural complement for Diabetes - Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (DOTTM)

​​Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face

What will I Learn?

On successful completion of this course, delegates will be able to:
  • Define hypertension (HTN) and briefly describe how it occurs
  • List the complications of HTN
  • Explain the different management modalities for blood pressure control
  • Outline the fundamentals of blood pressure testing: Who, Why, When, How and How often
  • Demonstrate blood pressure testing using an automated blood pressure monitor
  • Differentiate between low, normal and high blood pressure readings
  • Formulate a plan based on the blood pressure reading

Who Should do this Course

Anyone who is involved in HTN care; persons who have HTN; relatives or care-givers of persons with HTN (no background medical knowledge required); persons who are involved in ‘care of the elderly’ and ‘home-help’ programmes; persons involved in caring for persons in institutions and persons who volunteer for national drives/programmes to combat diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. 

Important Information


At a Glance

  • Admissions Term: 2019/2020 Semester II
  • Date: July 8 - 29th 2020
  • Time: Wednesdays 5pm-7pm
  • Duration: 4 weeks (8 hours)
  • Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion
  • Course Code: PDLL 130
  • Capacity: 12
  • Cost: BDS $1,295 (US $647.50)

The following subject areas will be addressed:
  1. The pathophysiology of hypertension
  2. The complications associated with hypertension
  3. The management of hypertension: testing and treatment

The course is comprised of four (4) face to face sessions which are composites of didactic lectures and practical demonstrations.

Joanne Paul-Charles, DM Family Medicine
Khatija Mangera, DM Family Medicine
Tamara Clement, DM Family Medicine
Michelle Gibson-Thomas, DM Family Medicine

Dr. Joanne Paul-Charles

Dr. Joanne Paul-Charles is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, medical class of 1999. Post-internship she worked as Senior House Officer in internal Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Then she went on to pursue postgraduate training in Family Medicine and received a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Paul-Charles is a pioneer graduate of the Family Medicine Distance programme, which has since expanded and offers training to doctors across the Caribbean.
She is a lecturer in Family Medicine at the Cave Hill Campus and is actively involved in family medicine teaching and supervision, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
As a Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Paul-Charles has many years of experience, working in general practice and primary care, both in the public community clinic setting in and in private practice. She currently works as a Consultant Family Physician and does Clinical teaching at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic.  She also works privately at Elcourt Medical Clinic.  She enjoys seeing patients from the entire spectrum within the family, ranging from antenatal period to elderly and end-of-life care.
Dr. Khatija Mangera

Khatija Mangera is a final year resident in the Family Medicine Program at the UWI. She currently works at the General Practice Unit (GPU) of Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic. There, she is involved in supervising and teaching medical students. Many of the patients have chronic diseases; hence she has developed significant expertise in this area, including teaching patients about self-blood glucose monitoring (SBGM) and home blood pressure measurements (HBPM).
Dr. Keisha Carrington

Dr. Carrington obtained a M.B.B.S (in 2004) and a DM in Family Medicine (in 2017) from the UWI. She currently acts as Clinical Medical Officer at Eunice Gibson Polyclinic. Here, she also performs the role of Clinical Supervisor to Family Medicine Clerkship Medical Students. Additionally, she won the poster prize at the November 2017 CME conference for research entitled, “Should my patient drive? Medical standards of fitness to drive in the elderly among Primary Care Physicians”. Dr. Carrington’s interests include dance, horticultural activities and travelling.