The Paradox of Disease Prevention

This Journal of the American Medical Association article looks at the imperative to invest into disease prevention, agreement on its societal value, and understanding of its larger returns on investment than health care delivery are all undisputed. But why is it so hard to put preventative measures into practice when all parties agree that they are so necessary? This paper explores the paradox of underfunded prevention efforts, and illustrates the factors underlying the lack of resources that are matched with this widely celebrated priority.

Fineberg, Harvey V. “The Paradox of Disease Prevention: Celebrated in Principle, Resisted in Practice.” JAMA. 2013;310(1):85-90. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7518.