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Reducing the burden of coronary heart disease: Health promotion, its effectiveness and cost

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JournalHEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH
DatePublished - Dec 1996
Issue number4
Volume11
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)487-499
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of five key areas identified in the Health of the Nation white paper produced by the Department of Health in 1992. The main CHD targets are to reduce death rates from CHD by at least 40% in people below 65 and 30% in those between 65 and 74 by the year 2000, respectively. Improvements in treatment and rehabilitation are expected to contribute to reducing the burden of CHD; however, in the long term, prevention is believed to hold the greatest potential. CHD health promotion therefore has a big role to play in securing the Health of the Nation targets. In contrast to treatment interventions, however, little is known about the effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of health promotion. The purpose of this article is two-fold. Its main aim is to illustrate the potential of health promotion in reducing the health burden of CHD to the turn of the century and beyond for a representative health purchaser. This is achieved with the use of an epidemiological model, Prevent, developed in the Netherlands to simulate the health outcomes associated with health promotion and prevention. A subsidiary aim is to present tentative information about the relative costs associated with different health promotion options.

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  • CARDIOVASCULAR RISK-FACTORS, SERUM-CHOLESTEROL, PRIMARY-CARE, PREVENTION, STRATEGIES, PROJECT, PROGRAM, MEN

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