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Public health service options for affordable and accessible noncommunicable disease and related chronic disease prevention and management
Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • Sharon Brownie, Aga Khan University
  • Andrew P. Hills, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Rachel Rossiter, University of Newcastle
Publication Date
10-24-2014
Document Type
Article
Disciplines
Abstract
Globally, nations are confronted with the challenge of providing affordable health services to populations with increasing levels of noncommunicable and chronic disease. Paradoxically, many nations can both celebrate increases in life expectancy and bemoan parallel increases in chronic disease prevalence. Simply put, despite living longer, not all of that time is spent in good health. Combined with factors such as rising levels of obesity and related noncommunicable disease, the demand for health services is requiring nations to consider new models of affordable health care. Given the level of disease burden, all staff, not just doctors, need to be part of the solution and encouraged to innovate and deliver better and more affordable health care, particularly preventative primary health care services. This paper draws attention to a range of exemplars to encourage and stimulate readers to think beyond traditional models of primary health service delivery. Examples include nurse-led, allied health-led, and student-led clinics; student-assisted services; and community empowerment models. These are reported for the interest of policy makers and health service managers involved in preventative and primary health service redesign initiatives.
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This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Citation Information
Sharon Brownie, Andrew P. Hills and Rachel Rossiter. "Public health service options for affordable and accessible noncommunicable disease and related chronic disease prevention and management" Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare Vol. 7 (2014) p. 543 - 549
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sharon_brownie/17/