WHO calls for countries to shift from acute to chronic careBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1237 (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1237
- Jo Whelan
Primary care providers in developing countries are ill equipped to deal with chronic conditions, a new report from the World Health Organization says.
Defined as health problems that persist over time and require some degree of healthcare management, these conditions will be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020, it adds. Examples include diabetes, heart disease, depression and AIDS. These pose public health and economic threats to rich and poor countries alike, the report says.
The prevalence of chronic conditions is rising because of increased longevity, urbanisation, unhealthy lifestyles, and the spread of smoking. Yet healthcare systems throughout …