Current capacity of the Turkish health system is reviewed to evaluate and develop appropriate policies for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes mellitus (DM) and related risk factors.
This paper qualitatively evaluates existing policies; interviews with key informants (KIs); and rapid appraisal fieldwork in clinical settings about CVD–DM through the framework of Walt and Gilson (Health Policy Plan 9:353–370, 1994).
Document review shows that prevention and control of CVD–DM were strongly addressed in Turkey, yet no document mentioned country-wide early detection or screening programs. KIs indicated over-fragmented management of CVD–DM by the Ministry of Health (MoH). Coordination among the MoH, organizational structure at provincial level and civil society organizations are poor where mutual trust is a significant problem according to KIs. Clinical setting findings point to a complete lack of a referral structure and a lack of follow-up, compounding the absence of functioning health information systems for patient records.
Primary care services for CVD–DM require urgent attention, focusing particularly on the training of staff in public facilities, the integration of patient data, referrals and follow-up across all levels of the health system.
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Kilic, B., Kalaca, S., Unal, B. et al. Health policy analysis for prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in Turkey. Int J Public Health 60 (Suppl 1), 47–53 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-014-0557-7