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Toward a conceptual model for national policy and practice considerations
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    Disabil Health J
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    Chronic diseases and conditions are serious threats to the population's health. Chronic diseases represent seven of the top ten causes of mortality in the U.S. and are major economic drivers underlying burgeoning national health costs. People with disabilities experience dramatically higher rates of some chronic conditions, but only recently has this problem been recognized. We propose a set of contributing factors and a model to help better understand the relationship of disability with chronic disease. The paper summarizes current CDC initiatives to include disability status and considerations in public health surveys and programs, exemplifying a strategy to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream programs wherever possible; use cross-disability strategies for conditions unique to people with disabilities where necessary; and implement condition-specific approaches where essential. This initial model is intended to invite dialog on a conceptual framework for preventing chronic conditions and additional functional limitations among people with disabilities.
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