Since the beginning of the 21st century, chronic diseases account for the majority of all deaths globally and represent an enormous financial burden on all countries, regardless of level of economic development. Originally defined as being long-term, generally incurable diseases of older persons, chronic diseases have increasingly been conceptualized as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
|Title of host publication||Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|