Preventing Coronary Heart Disease Prospects, Policies, and Politics
Coronary Heart Disease is the major cause of death in the UK, being responsible for thirty-one percent of male deaths and for twenty-four percent of female deaths in 1987 in England and Wales. Preventing Coronary Heart Disease examines these statistics and focuses specifically on policies for its prevention by the Government, general practitioners, and concerned groups. Michael Calnan looks at the feasibility and effectiveness of these health policies and the obstacles in the way of their adoption. Drawing mainly on the discipline of politics, sociology, and epidemiology the author begins by examining the epidemiological case for prevention, and then analyses what the UK Government is doing and can do. The Government's policy is based on the role of primary care in prevention and the author discusses how this can be taken on board by GPs, concerned groups and the general public. Coronary heart disease is of major concern to all those working in health and related industries, as well as to individuals. This book is the first study of the policies of prevention of the disease and will be invaluable reading for students of health studies, and social policy as well as professionals working in health care.
'This is an interesting and useful book, worthwhile as a reference with its extensive bibliography and interesting in its perspective of a difficult problem.' - Dr P. Sims, Director of Public Health, North Devon Health Authority