It is not possible to prevent chronic disease in everyone, and so good lifestyle management practices are required in those who have long-term conditions. In Singapore, as in many countries, we need to address the problems that arise from a lack of physical activity and an overly processed and energy-rich diet.
People with long-term conditions wish to live well and live long. To do so, they need to understand their condition and maintain a lifestyle which best manages it, allowing them to continue enjoying their favourite activities and fulfilling their responsibilities. Healthcare providers can play an important role in helping those with chronic conditions, not simply by prescribing appropriate medication, but by working in partnership with each patient to identify their goals, develop a sustainable action plan and motivate them to live well throughout life and between medical appointments. Two programmes outlined here describe some of the research at CDPM aimed at managing chronic diseases.