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Med J Aust. 2009 Feb 2;190(3):143-5.

The emergence of "lifestyle medicine" as a structured approach for management of chronic disease.

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Centre for Health Promotion Research, Sydney, NSW.


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.

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