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Tackling Chronic Disease – A Policy Framework for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Department of Health and Children Government of Ireland Country Resources General Health Policies Ireland 24 June 2008 Policy document non communicable disease, prevention, primary care

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This chronic disease policy framework addresses the challenges of chronic disease so as to reduce the burden for individuals, their carers and the health system.

Broadly, the aims of this policy are (i) to promote and to improve the health of the population and reduce the risk factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases and (ii) to promote structured and integrated care in the appropriate setting that improves outcomes and quality of life for patients with chronic conditions.

This framework for action underlines the importance of intersectoral activities for prevention of the emergence of adverse lifestyle factors that contribute to chronic disease. It addresses the management of chronic disease at different levels through a reorientation towards primary care and the provision of integrated health services that are focused on prevention and returning individuals to health and a better quality of life.


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