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The Leap of Faith from Disease Treatment to Lifestyle Prevention: The Genealogy of a Policy Idea

Larsen, Lars Thorup (2012) The Leap of Faith from Disease Treatment to Lifestyle Prevention: The Genealogy of a Policy Idea. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 37 (2). pp. 227-252. ISSN 0361-6878

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Since the 1970s public health policy has attempted to counter the rise of chronic diseases by getting individuals to make healthy choices about smoking, alcohol, diet, and physical exercise. Inspired by the so-called new perspective of the 1974 Lalonde report, this shift from disease treatment to prevention has been a key focus of public health policy to this day. Every generation of public health reports presents prevention as the answer to past failures, but the continuous experience of failure is strangely coexistent with a fundamental belief in the ability of lifestyle prevention to produce large health improvements. The article tracks the genealogy of lifestyle prevention as policy idea across three generations of U.S. and Danish public health reports and finds a systematic interpretation of lifestyle prevention as being more successful and promising than acute medical treatment.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Subjects: Health > Policy
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 19:49
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 21:30
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3873

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