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A nursing program shows promise for reducing deaths from chronic illnesses
Date:7/17/2012

Canada describes the health needs of the aging population as an impending storm. She argues that all adults at risk of chronic diseases should be considered in such programs: "Because complex interventions are most successful in high risk populations, there is the possibility that resources will be targeted primarily to these highest cost users of health services, perpetuating underinvestment in chronic disease prevention and management across risk strata. We need to learn how to efficiently tailor services and interventions across the continuum of risk."

She continues: "Ultimately, the goal should be to reduce the population burden of chronic illness. This can only be accomplished by targeting the root causes of disease in the social determinants of health and an enhanced focus on prevention. Health system sustainability is dependent on improving the health of aging populations."


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