The COACH Program® (Coaching On Achieving Cardiovascular Health) is a world-leading, secondary prevention programme using coaching for the active and sustained prevention of chronic disease.
Across the globe, the burden of chronic diseases is increasing.
In 2005, non-communicable diseases, principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, caused an estimated 35 million deaths annually - 60% of all deaths globally. This figure is increasing and is expected to have reached over 40 million by 2018.1
Chronic disease is very costly to national healthcare systems, already accounting for around 70% of all healthcare spending in many countries, such as Spain2, the US3 and England4.
Tackling chronic disease is therefore a critical challenge in healthcare.
At Bupa, we are focused on finding ways to help people manage their chronic diseases in the best possible way - by providing clear information and ongoing support, and empowering individuals to select the right treatment for them, improving overall wellbeing and quality of life.
In doing so, we can also achieve another key objective, which is to keep chronic disease management affordable - such as by reducing the need for emergency interventions and hospital admissions linked to poor chronic disease management, or by making better use of primary care services.
In this section, you can read more about our work to help patients manage their chronic diseases better and improve patient outcomes.
12008-2013 Action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. World Health Organisation, 2008, www.who.int/
2Curar y cuidar, innovación en la gestión de enfermedades crónicas, una guía prática para avanzar. Economía de la Salud y Gestión Sanitaria, 2008
3The almanac of chronic disease. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, 2009, http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/resources/almanac-chronic-disease-0
4Raising the profile of long term conditions care: a compendium of information. Department of Health, 2008, www.dh.gov.uk
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Obesity and type 2 diabetes are becoming more common in the UK in all age-groups.