Reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases
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Reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases

Christi Deaton Florence Nightingale Foundation professor of clinical nursing research, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, England

Cardiovascular disease and other non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease, are a leading cause of premature death and disability worldwide. This article emphasises the importance of prevention in reducing death and disability from preventable non-communicable diseases, especially for individuals with established risk factors for these diseases. It reviews global initiatives to reduce morality rates from these diseases, identifies opportunities for nurses and other healthcare professionals to discuss risk factors with patients, and provides practical suggestions on how to provide advice on healthy lifestyles and enable behaviour change.

Nursing Standard. 31, 34, 40-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10664

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 August 2016

Accepted: 10 February 2017

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