Quantifying burden of disease to support public health policy in Belgium: opportunities and constraints.

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BMC public health, ISSN: 1471-2458, Vol: 14, Issue: 1, Page: 1196

Publication Year:
2014
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PMID:
25416547
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-14-1196
PMCID:
PMC4246467
Author(s):
Devleesschauwer, Brecht; Maertens de Noordhout, Charline; Smit, G Suzanne A; Duchateau, Luc; Dorny, Pierre; Stein, Claudia; Van Oyen, Herman; Speybroeck, Niko
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Springer Nature
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Medicine
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To support public health policy, information on the burden of disease is essential. In recent years, the Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) has emerged as the most important summary measure of public health. DALYs quantify the number of healthy life years lost due to morbidity and mortality, and thereby facilitate the comparison of the relative impact of diseases and risk factors and the monitoring of public health over time.