Chronic and non-communicable diseases: A critical challenge for nurses globally

G. Alleyne, C. Hancock, P. Hughes

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Background: Chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a growing and enormous challenge that faces countries across the world. Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected. Contributory factors: Three risk factors - tobacco use, poor diet (including excessive alcohol intake) and lack of physical activity - contribute to four major chronic diseases - cardiovascular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and some cancers, which are responsible for over 50% of deaths worldwide. Potential solutions: International governmental and non-governmental agencies are becoming increasingly concerned and active. Nurses across the world are well positioned to play a significant role and work with a wide range of people involved in the prevention and management of these chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-331
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic Diseases
  • Low- and Middle-income Countries
  • Non-communicable
  • Nursing
  • United Nations Agencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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