Rationale and public health implications of changing CHD risk factor definitions.

  title={Rationale and public health implications of changing CHD risk factor definitions.},
  author={Robert M. Kaplan and Michael K. Ong},
  journal={Annual review of public health},
The definition of disease is central to the practice of medicine and to public health policy. Practice guidelines set standards for disease identification and treatment. Quality care is often defined as adherence to these guidelines. Over the past few years, the diagnostic thresholds for several common medical conditions have been lowered, resulting in a substantial expansion in the market for health care. The most recent guidelines for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and impaired… CONTINUE READING


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