The art and science of chronic disease management come together in a lifestyle-focused approach to primary care

Int J Clin Pract. 2014 Dec;68(12):1406-9. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12500.


Changes in patterns of living result in changes in the nature and causes of disease. The industrial revolution of the late 18th century, and the technological revolution of the late 20th century are cases in point. The former was associated with a decline in infectious diseases; the latter with an increase in lifestyle and environmentally induced chronic diseases . Health practices are typically modified to deal with such changes, hence the recent rise in interest in lifestyle-oriented forms of clinical practice.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / trends
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*