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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76

Public health approaches to noncommunicable diseases

Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication8-Dec-2015

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Megha Chandra Singh
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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How to cite this article:
Singh MC. Public health approaches to noncommunicable diseases. Indian J Community Med 2016;41:76

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Singh MC. Public health approaches to noncommunicable diseases. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Sep 17];41:76. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2016/41/1/76/170999

Author: Prof. JS Thakur

Publisher Name: Wolters Kluwer

Location: New Delhi

Price: Rs 695/-

Year of Publication: 2015

Editors Name: Prof. JS Thakur

Pages: 419

ISBN-13: 978-93-5129-441-2

This book is the first of its kind of comprehensive book on public health approaches to Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) which covers all aspects of prevention and control of NCDs mainly Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, COPD, Cancer, Stroke, Chronic kidney diseases and mental health in national, regional and global context. The book is a single-stop resource for the programme managers, faculty and postgraduate students in Medical and Public Health schools. The book has been designed keeping in view the requirements of Global Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) agenda after UN high level meeting on NCD in 2011 with specific requirements of developing countries including India.

The author has logically divided the book into six sections, viz. Epidemiology and Impact of NCDs; Public Health Interventions; Health System issues, Surveillance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research; Multisectoral Actions and Integration; and Global, Regional and National Initiatives. The book has total of 29 chapters which covers all aspects of NCDs. Key chapters include Epidemiology and Impact of NCDs, evidence-based public health interventions, population-wide and individual health care interventions including standard treatment guidelines and measuring the cost-effectiveness of NCD interventions. Key health system issues including health system strengthening, building partnerships and financing, capacity building of workforce, role of information technology and building home based and palliative care program are amply covered. NCD surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, cancer registries, research priorities and research methods are well covered. Multisectoral action, integration of NCD program, life course approach and role of alternative medicine are deliberated. Global, regional and national initiatives of health ministry under National Health Mission are adequately covered. This knowledge could be useful for the programme managers for effective implementation of national NCD programs. This book will be helpful in facilitating the teachings of NCDs in the medical and public health schools and act as an important resource and standard text book for short NCD courses with a public health focus.

Overall, the book has a good layout and makes good reading. The book has a good index spreading over 18 pages. The size of the book stands between a pocket book and a standard textbook. The book has a foreword by Union Health Minister of India keeping in view the importance of the book at national and international level and is also official publication of World NCD Federation.Priced modestly, the book will not only be useful resource material for students of community medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, public health, Nursing and social sciences but also to the policy makers and general public.


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