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Health Promotion and Chronic Illness
Discovering a New Quality of Health
edited by A. Kaplun; editorial advisors: J.
Branckaerts, R. Erben, and H. Milz
WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 44
1992, xviii + 461 pages [E]
ISBN 92 890 1307 9
Sw.fr. 68.-/US $61.20; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 47.60
Order no. 1310044
A wide-ranging analysis of the ways in which health promotion approaches can be used to help the chronically ill and disabled exploit their potential to lead healthy and productive lives. Citing a number of promising developments in recent years, the book calls for a fundamental change in society's attitudes towards the chronically ill, whereby emphasis is placed on their potential and due attention is given to their need for support that goes beyond medical care. With this goal in mind, the book evaluates a wealth of recent experiences and research findings in order to identify practical measures that can be pursued by the health care sector, by public and private organizations, and by the chronically ill and their families.
The book features 54 papers authored by experts in cardiology, oncology, pain management, rheumatology, psychology, and rehabilitation, and by representatives of numerous self-help groups throughout Europe. Three main chronic conditions are considered: coronary heart disease, cancer, and chronic pain.
"... a beautifully presented, clearly written
and well-referenced book ... essential reading for those involved in the provision and
delivery of health care..."
"... The book is always thought provoking, and
the ideas in it deserve to be considered by the mainstream health service..."
British Medical Journal
Innovative Care for Chronic Conditions: Building Blocks for Action
2002, 112 pages [English; French, Spanish and Arabic in preparation]
ISBN 92 4 159017 3
Swiss francs 20.—/US $18.00
In developing countries:Sw. fr. 14.—
Order no. 1150500
Innovative Care for Chronic Conditions: Building Blocks for Action reports that health care systems around the world must reorganize their health care to meet the rising burden of chronic conditions. It alerts decision-makers throughout the world about these important changes in global health, and presents health care solutions for managing this rising burden.
Due to public health successes, populations are ageing and increasingly patients are living with one or more chronic conditions for decades. Urbanization, adoption of unhealthy lifestyles, and the global marketing of health risks such as tobacco are other factors contributing to an increase. This places new, long-term demands on health care systems. Yet, around the world, health systems do not have a plan for managing chronic conditions, and simply treat symptoms when they occur. The results of this poor organization are taxing to patients and families, who must shoulder the burden of coordinating medical information and treatment across a lifetime. Health care workers, who are typically ill-equipped to effectively manage chronic conditions, feel overwhelmed and ineffectual. Governments and health care systems are also facing an inability to cope with this escalating disease burden and increasing costs.
The report presents a "road map" for countries and health systems to update their health care to meet the needs of chronic conditions. The proposed building blocks and overall framework are relevant for both prevention and disease-management in health care settings.
Recommendations are given for improving the quality of patient interactions, organization of health care, community involvement, and policies and financing structures. Examples of real world successes are also provided.
By Sharon Warren and Kenneth G. Warren
2001, 123 pages [E]
ISBN 92 4 156203 X
Swiss francs: 35./US $31.50
In developing countries: Swiss francs 24.50
Order no. 1150486
The respected researchers Dr Sharon Warren and Dr Kenneth Warren have provided a comprehensive overview on the prevalence of multiple sclerosis. This book deals with diagnostic criteria, methodological issues, results of worldwide studies, risk factors and susceptibility, and disease course and prognosis.
Report of a WHO Scientific Group
Technical Report Series, No. 816
1992, vii + 59 pages [C, E, F, R, S]
ISBN 92 4 120816 3
Sw.fr. 10.-/US $9.00; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 7.-
Order no. 1100816
Summarizes what is known about the epidemiology, causes, clinical features, management and prognosis of ten rheumatic diseases selected because of their public health importance. In view of the complexity of these diseases, the book makes a special effort to define the areas where clear conclusions can be reached and to point out the lines of research most likely to yield improved tools for detection, treatment, and prevention. While noting significant recent advances in the areas of genetics, immunology, pharmacology, and connective tissue biochemistry, the report emphasizes the urgent need for more data on the epidemiology of these diseases and on the role of risk factors, whether of genetic origin or related to lifestyle and behaviour.
The opening sections alerts readers to changing patterns of morbidity and mortality in developed and developing countries, and discuss the need for professional and public education. The main part consists of separate sections devoted to rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, Sjögren syndrome, Lyme disease, the spondyloarthropathies, low back pain, osteoarthritis, soft-tissue rheumatism, and gout. For each disease or syndrome, the report assesses current data on prevalence, causes, pathophysiology, clinical features, methods of detection, treatment, and prognosis. Observations range from the need to establish national registries for Lyme disease, through the reasons why radiographs cannot detect pathological changes in osteoarthritis, to the simple fact that very few patients with low back pain have a valid, scientifically proven diagnosis.