The scorecard helps individuals rate their behaviors on a “stoplight-type” fashion. Behaviors in red are labeled as highly risky. Behaviors in yellow indicate caution, and those in green correspond to healthy, sustainable behaviors. The goal is to help patients gradually move their behaviors to the green area.
The scorecard keeps track of biometrics and behaviors that affect a patient’s likelihood to develop a chronic illness over the long-term. Four biometric indicators and four lifestyle indicators provide a comprehensive panorama on the patient’s health status. A constant use of this resource allows individuals and health professionals to develop targeted interventions to improve their health and well-being.
The four biometrics help monitor:
Body mass index and cholesterol, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Fasting blood sugar, to help prevent diabetes
Blood pressure, to check for hypertension
The four lifestyle indicators are shown to:
Avoid tobacco use and harmful alcohol consumption
Undertake regular sufficient physical activity
Achieve and maintain healthy weight
Manage tension and stress
Promote preventive care and screening for preventable illnesses
Overall, the Health Improvement Card helps the health community pay due attention to the inextricable link between social determinants of health and the incidence of all NCDs—extending the scope to mental and oral health illnesses. By focusing on a holistic approach to health, WHPA goes beyond the narrow frame of corrective NCD action and promotes a sustainable change in behaviors to achieve health. WHPA hopes this initiative will strengthen the patient-doctor communication channels as well as primary healthcare systems. The scorecard reminds patients that health is in their hands. The IFPMA supports the WHPA NCD campaign.
In early September, the world's health professions launched an easy-to-use, practical guide to help individuals and their health professionals reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) Health Improvement Card comes with concise “how-to” explanatory guides both for patients and doctors. Members of the WHPA actively contributed with other health partners to the development of this innovative tool. A regular use of this scorecard aids patients monitor and prevent risk factors responsible for many NCDs.