Reframing non-communicable diseases as socially transmitted conditions

by Luke N Allen, Andrea B Feigl
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 5, No. 7, e644–e646, July 2017

3 pp. 54 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(17)30200-0.pdf

In a Comment (February, 2017), the authors argued that action on the conditions currently referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) may be hampered by the inadequacy of their label. They received a remarkable amount of feedback on this suggestion, and in this Comment they synthesise the responses garnered from a Lancet Facebook poll, Correspondence letters and a related Global Health Delivery (GHD) Online discussion. They also propose a new definition based on shared social drivers.

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