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The Epidemiology of Medical Diseases and Associated Behavioral Risk Factors

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Drastic improvements in public health paired with advancements in medicine have lowered infant mortality and significantly boosted the average life span (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2003). As a result, many of the challenges healthcare professionals face have shifted from the treatment of acute illnesses to a focus on the management and prevention of chronic disease (CDC, 2003, 2013). This is partially due to the fact that outbreaks of deadly communicable diseases have been greatly reduced, such as tuberculosis, small pox, and measles. Simultaneously, increased rates of noncommunicable, chronic conditions, as a result of longer life spans and problematic lifestyles, have led to new areas of foci for healthcare professionals.

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  • Epidemiology
  • Chronic disease
  • Behavioral health
  • Health risk factors
  • Behavioral risk factors

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Lindeman, S., Nolan, J., Maragakis, A. (2018). The Epidemiology of Medical Diseases and Associated Behavioral Risk Factors. In: Duckworth, M., O'Donohue, W. (eds) Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Care. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93003-9_3

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