Disease Causal Chain

Many diseases do not have a single distinct cause and have several contributing risk factors. For example, a patient's heart disease might be influenced by genetic background, diet, stress and smoking. These influences can be diagrammed as a web or chain and are referred to as the Disease Causal Chain (DiCC). The DiCC can vary from patient to patient, and diseases often occur as a continuum of symptoms.

This implies that number of diseases by conventional approach is a small figure. While number of diseases by the DiCC approach would be a big number.

The DiCC is made up of “events” and “risk factors that drive the disease process from backend event to the front end event”. Each event has scope to branch out to give rise to front end events. Similarly, an event may happen as a result of more than one backend events happening simultaneously (multiple morbidities). Hence, the DiCC is distributed in more of a web pattern rather than a hierarchy or a tree diagram.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Disease Informatics — is the application of Information Science in defining the diseases with least error, identifying most of the targets to combat a cluster of diseases (Disease Causal Chain) and designing a holistic solution (Health strategy) to the problem.… …   Wikipedia

  • Disease informatics — is the application of Information Science in defining the diseases with least error, identifying most of the targets to combat a cluster of diseases (Disease Causal Chain) and designing a holistic solution (Health strategy) to the problem.… …   Wikipedia

  • nutritional disease — Introduction       any of the nutrient related diseases and conditions that cause illness in humans. They may include deficiencies or excesses in the diet, obesity and eating disorders, and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease,… …   Universalium

  • Huntington's disease — Classification and external resources A microscope image of …   Wikipedia

  • human disease — Introduction       an impairment of the normal state of a human being that interrupts or modifies its vital functions. health versus disease       Before human disease can be discussed, the meanings of the terms health, physical fitness, illness …   Universalium

  • Breaking the chain — English Tort law Part of the common law series Negligence Duty of care Bolam test Breach of duty Causation …   Wikipedia

  • Crohn's disease — Classification and external resources The three most common sites of intestinal involvement in Crohn s disease are ileal, ileocolic and colonic.[ …   Wikipedia

  • digestive system disease — Introduction       any of the diseases that affect the human digestive tract. Such disorders may affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), pancreas, liver, or biliary tract. A prevalent disorder of the digestive… …   Universalium

  • reproductive system disease — Introduction       any of the diseases and disorders that affect the human reproductive system (reproductive system, human). They include abnormal hormone production by the ovaries or the testes or by other endocrine glands, such as the pituitary …   Universalium

  • occupational disease — 1. Also called industrial disease. a disease caused by the conditions or hazards of a particular occupation. 2. a trait or tendency that develops among members of a particular profession: Cynicism was thought to be an occupational disease of… …   Universalium


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.