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IOM publishes call to action on chronic disease

A report published today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for an overhaul of the way public health departments conduct surveillance and treatment of chronic diseases ranging from arthritis to depression. The report, co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation, warns that chronic disease, which accounts for three quarters of healthcare spending in the United States, is an overlooked crisis. The authors argue that the CDC can use funds more efficiently by expanding surveillance systems, integrating community health systems in schools and workplaces, and prioritizing patient education. 

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