Behavioral risk factor surveillance involves systematically collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data on behaviors people engage in that put their health at risk. The opportunity exists to prevent the leading health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes by monitoring key lifestyle or behavioral risk factors including alcohol and tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity. The volume contains the latest information on surveillance by the international public health community, including:
-The WHO's Stepwise Approach.
-The U.S.'s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
-The Finbalt Health Monitor.
-The EURALIM Experience.
-The Mega Country Health Promotion Network.
-And much more.
This book is for those currently involved in planning or conducting chronic disease risk factor surveillance. It is also a valuable reference for those interested in developing a global network of persons involved in this arena.
"This book is a godsend to those working in the area of monitoring and understanding changes overtime in chronic disease risk factors. It is a collection of 18 chapters authored by experts around the world and provides a comprehensive insight into establishing and maintaining the surveillance of behavioural risk factors both in developed and developing countries."
(Qaiser Mukhtar, Journal of Epidemila Community Health, 59:6)