Adherence to Long-Term Therapies - Evidence for Action
(2003; 211 pages) View the PDF document
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View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentTake-home messages
Close this folderSection I - Setting the scene
Open this folder and view contentsChapter I - Defining adherence
Close this folderChapter II - The magnitude of the problem of poor adherence
View the document1. A worldwide problem of striking magnitude
View the document2. The impact of poor adherence grows as the burden of chronic diseases grows worldwide
View the document3. The poor are disproportionately affected
View the document4. References
Open this folder and view contentsChapter III - How does poor adherence affect policy-makers and health managers?
Open this folder and view contentsSection II - Improving adherence rates: guidance for countries
Open this folder and view contentsSection III - Disease-Specific Reviews
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2. The impact of poor adherence grows as the burden of chronic diseases grows worldwide

Noncommunicable diseases, mental health disorders, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, combined represented 54% of the burden of all illness worldwide in 2001 (13) and will exceed 65% of the global burden of disease in 2020 (Fig. 1) (14). Contrary to popular belief, noncommunicable diseases and mental health problems are also prevalent in developing countries, representing as much as 46% of the total burden of disease for the year 2001 (13), and predicted to rise to 56% by 2020 (Fig. 2) (1F4).


Figure 1 Burden of chronic conditions - world (Murray and Lopez, 1996)

Source: reference (30)
DALY, disability-adjusted life year;
Combined, noncommunicable diseases + mental disorders +AIDS + TB.


Figure 2 Burden of chronic conditions - developing countries (Murray and Lopez, 1996)

Source: reference (30)
DALY, disability-adjusted life year;
Mental, mental disorders;
NCD, noncommunicable diseases.

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