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Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion

McQueen, David V. (Ed.)

2013, XV, 481 p. 30 illus., 17 illus. in color.

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  • A comprehensive book that represents the breadth of present day work in the area of chronic disease control
  • Goes beyond a single risk factor for chronic disease or single diseases, and instead takes on the full complexity of chronic disease and health promotion efforts globally
  • Critically analyzes current approaches for addressing the challenges of NCDs in different social, economic, and political contexts

Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion

David V. McQueen, editor

 A scan of health challenges around the globe readily brings to mind a range of infectious illnesses, from HIV to influenza. Yet chronic non-contagious conditions--heart disease, asthma, diabetes, cancer--are more prevalent, and their rates soaring, across the developed and developing worlds.

 The Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion is an important resource for understanding and approaching chronic illnesses and their prevention. This timely text balances theory and strategies to provide an integrative context for health-affecting behaviors regarding tobacco use, food choices, and physical activity. Coverage expands on current medical/clinical public health perspectives, arguing that closer attention to social context is crucial to better use of health resources and more relevant preventive efforts. Possible roles for hospitals, the workplace, government agencies, NGOs, and other institutions are analyzed, as is the potential for addressing larger underlying health factors (e.g., inequities and poverty) at the societal level. Topics covered include:

  • The nature of causality: beyond traditional evidence
  • Learning from the social sciences in chronic disease health promotion
  • Contextual factors in health and illness
  • Understanding and applying a social determinants of health framework for addressing NCDs
  • Public health, NCDs, health promotion and business partnering
  • NCDs and civil society: a history and a roadmap

As the authors of the Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion make abundantly clear, opportunities are as numerous as the issues, and researchers and graduate students in global public health, health promotion, and chronic disease epidemiology will find these chapters positive and realistic.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cancer - Chronic disease - Diabetes - Health promotion - Heart Disease - International development - Noncommunicable disease - Nutrition - Physical activity - Quality of life - Smoking - Social epidemiology - Stroke - Substance abuse - WHO

Related subjects » Public Health

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Section I:Theoretical and Methodological Issues. - Chapter 1 High-risk vs population prevention strategies for NCDs: Geoffrey Rose revisited in the 21st Century. -Chapter 2: Current and future theoretical foundations for NCDs and health promotion.- Chapter 3: The nature of causality: beyond traditional “evidence”.-Chapter 4: Surveillance for NCDs and Health promotion: an issue of theory and method.-Section II: Lenses for Understanding NCDs.-Chapter 5: Learning from the social sciences in chronic diseases health promotion: Structure, agency and distributive justice.-Chapter 6: Contextual factors in Health and Illness.-Chapter 7: The Social Determinants of Non-Communicable Diseases: A Political Perspective.-Chapter 8:Risk factors:Tobacco.-Chapter 9:Physical Inactivity and Health Promotion: Evidence and Challenges.-Chapter 10: NGOs addressing NCDs through a health promotion lens.-Chapter 11:Health Literacy as a Lens for Understanding Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.-Chapter 12:From healthy public policy to intersectoral action and health-in-all-policies.-Section III: Approaches to NCDs.-Chapter 13:Population health intervention research: A fundamental science for NCD prevention. -Chapter 14:Planning and management of cross-sectoral programs: strategies to addressNCDs.-Chapter 15:The public policy approach: Governments, institutions, welfare states and social justice.- Chapter 16:Accelerating Action on NCDs: Understanding and Applying A Social Determinants of Health Framework for Change.- Chapter 17:Cardiovascular Health, Risk and Disease: Primordial and Remedial Strategies.-Chapter 18:Advocacy strategies to address NCDs: actions to increase the profile of Physical activity.-Chapter 19:Advocacy Strategies to Address NCDs: Tobacco Control.-Chapter 20:Evidence synthesis to inform NCD prevention and health promotion.-Chapter 21:Using evidence to inform NCD prevention and health promotion.-Chapter 22:The health promotion argument: NCDs and public health.-Chapter 23:Public health, NCDs, health promotion and business partnering: benefits, concerns, remedies, and moving towards creative partnering.- Section IV: Institutions and Organizations.-Chapter 24: Framing international trade and chronic disease.- Chapter 25: Addressing NCDs through multilateral engagement at the United Nations: The role of WHO.- Chapter 26:Governance, Policy and Institutions.- Chapter 27:NCDs and Civil Society: A History and a Roadmap.- Chapter 28:Developing health promotion workforce capacity for addressing NCDs.- Chapter 29:Health Promotion for NCDs in and by Hospitals A Health Promoting Hospitals.-Conclusion.

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