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<i>Looking to the future: some big issues ahead</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0013
Looking to the future: some big issues ahead

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Predicting the future is difficult. This chapter highlights some areas where changes are likely, and which would influence health. The first of these are the social and economic aspects of health and the impact any change would have. The ageing population, disability, quality of life, the role of women, and education are all aspects of this. The next aspect is the understanding of disease with such issues as genetics, fetal and maternal interaction, and behaviour change. Changes in clinical practice will become even more important, as new medicines and procedures develop. In the same way developments will happen in public health by a better understanding of the environment, new methods of screening and prevention, and an increasing role for the public.

Keywords: future; social and economic; understanding disease; genetics; fetal interactions; maternal interactions; clinical practice; screening; prevention; public

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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