, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 24 Feb 2011

Translational Behavioral Medicine: a pathway to better health

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Isn’t it time to close the chasm between what we know about health determinants and what we put into practice to improve health [1]? Around the globe, 60% of all deaths are caused by chronic disease [2]. All parts of the world are affected. Eighty percent of chronic disease deaths now occur in low- and middle-income countries [2]. In the United States, nearly 50% of adults live with at least one chronic condition, and those conditions account for 75% of health care costs [3, 4].

The major causes of chronic disease — behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental influences on health — are the subject matter of behavioral medicine [1, 5]. Behavioral medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with integrating and applying psychosocial and biomedical knowledge to promote health, prevent disease, and manage illness. The mission of Translational Behavioral Medicine (TBM), a new journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, is to advance the field’s kn