BackgroundChronic non-communicable diseases such as cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, cancer, obesity, depression, dementia and functional disability of elderly represent a great burden for the society and this burden is even increasing with ageing of the population. Chronic non-communicable diseases are a cause for higher death rates and early mortality, inability for work and disability while they increase expenses in the field of health and social care.
The main reason for the development of chronic non-communicable diseases is unhealthy lifestyle, which is more distinct in groups with lower socio-economic status. Analyses show that socio-economic status greatly influences health of the population in Slovenia. There are great differences in morbidity, mortality and life expectancy among different socio-economic population groups. The pattern and scope of inequalities in health is similar to other EU Member States.
Due to the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases in Slovenia, it is necessary to upgrade the current organization and capacity on the primary health level. In order to effectively control and prevent chronic non-communicable diseases, we need new models and programmes as well as higher capacities of health workers in this field.
ObjectivesThe objective is to develop a programme for integrated prevention and control of lifestyle-related chronic diseases in adults.
The following outputs will be developed in order to reach the objective:
· The model for integrated prevention and control of lifestyle-related chronic diseases in adults, and
· Increased capacities and means for preventive programmes for adults.