Tackling chronic disease in Europe: strategies, interventions and challenges (2010)



By Reinhard Busse, Miriam Blümel, David Scheller-Kreinsen and Annette Zentner
Observatory Studies Series, No. 20
2010, xiii + 128 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 4192 8
CHF 30.00
In developing countries: CHF 21.00
Order no. 13400097

Chronic conditions and diseases are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Europe, accounting for 86% of total premature deaths, and the burden is likely to grow.

The epidemiologic and economic analysis in this book suggests that policy-makers should make chronic disease a priority and focuses on the strategies and interventions to use: prevention and early detection; new provider qualifications and settings; disease management programmes; and integrated care models, though evidence on their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness is still limited.

Institutional and organizational challenges are also explored and key policy recommendations made as to how to tackle them successfully.