The emergence of “lifestyle medicine” as a structured approach for management of chronic disease
Egger, G, Binns, AF & Rossner, SR 2009, 'The emergence of “lifestyle medicine” as a structured approach for management of chronic disease', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 190, no. 3, pp. 143-145.
Chronic diseases with a lifestyle-based aetiology currently make up a significant proportion of primary care consultations, but management often falls between the demands of public and clinical health.
A modified clinical approach, based around the concept of “lifestyle medicine”, helps fill the gap by adding behavioural, motivational and environmental skills to conventional medical practice.
When used in a multidisciplinary setting, lifestyle medicine offers potential cost and effectiveness benefits, which are beginning to be realised.