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
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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.