Conventional vs. Lifestyle medicine

Differences Between Conventional and Lifestyle Medicine

Conventional

Lifestyle

Treats individual risk factors Treats lifestyle causes
Patient is often passive recipient of care Patient is active partner in care
Patient is not required to make big changes Patient is required to make big changes
Treatment is often short term Treatment is always long term
Responsibility falls mostly on the clinician Responsibility falls mostly on the patient
Medication is often the “end” treatment Medication may be needed but as an adjunct to lifestyle change
Emphasis is on diagnosis and prescription Emphasis is on motivation and compliance
Goal is disease management Goal is primary, secondary, and tertiary disease prevention
Little consideration of the environment COnsideration of the environment
Side effects are balanced by the benefits Side effects are seen as part of the outcome
Referral to other medical specialties Referral to allied health professionals as well
Doctor generally operates independently on a one-to-one basis Doctor is coordinator of a team of health professionals

From Egger et al. Lifestyle Medicine. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 2008: p 4

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