Indian Journal of Public Health

: 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 243-

Public health approaches to non-communicable diseases

Arun Kumar Sharma 
 Professor, Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; Joint Editor, Indian Journal of Public Health

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Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma
University College of Medical Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi - 110 095, India

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Sharma AK. Public health approaches to non-communicable diseases.Indian J Public Health 2016;60:243-243

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Sharma AK. Public health approaches to non-communicable diseases. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jun 24 ];60:243-243
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Author: JS Thakur

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana

Year of Publication: 2015

ISBN: 13:978-893-5129-441-2

For quite some time I had been wondering that there is a need for a book on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with public health focus, and so when was offered this book I grabbed it and read with a lot of interest. It is indeed a very valuable book that gives us a comprehensive update on the NCDs in the Indian context. The value of the book is enhanced by the presence of latest data pertaining to epidemiology of NCDs. The section I on epidemiology and impact of NCDs is full of precious information supported by data and great insight on determinants, risk factors, and socioeconomic impact. It will act as a baseline data for future research in this domain of public health. Equally enlightening is the section on surveillance, monitoring, evaluation, and research. It will be immensely useful for students, faculty, and public health practitioners alike. Chapter 3 on NCD and development: socioeconomic impact very effectively captures the socioeconomic impact and gives the much-needed emphasis on this aspect of the NCDs. Section 5 of the book is very valuable for the researchers and students alike, as it comprehensively examines the much needed multisectoral approach to address the multifaceted dimensions of NCD. It is pleasant to see the life course approach and the role of alternative medicine finding their appropriate places in the scheme of things. The chapter on research priorities in NCDs indeed gives good guidelines for research and a useful resource for topics for MD and MPH dissertation work. However, a few chapters fail to live up to the expectations. For example, Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions (Chapter 4), Role of Information Technology in the Prevention Control and Management of NCDs (Chapter 14), Research Methods in NCD Research (Chapter 22) cover topics in general and fail to highlight its role and relevance in NCDs' prevention and control. Unfortunately, the Chapter 4 does not elaborate or illustrate the role of evidence-based public health intervention for NCDs. It delves into principles of evidence-based public health interventions. Similarly, the chapter on the role of IT superficially deals with telemedicine and other IT enabled services but how it will be specifically useful for NCDs would have made the chapter more relevant and informative. Research methods again speak of various research designs without specifying its application for NCD research. All in all, it is a valuable resource on NCDs for students, researchers, and teachers.