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

Brecht Devleesschauwer, Charline Maertens de Noordhout, Suzanne Smit UGent, Luc Duchateau UGent, Pierre Dorny UGent, Claudia Stein, Herman Van Oyen UGent and Niko Speybroeck (2014) BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 14.
abstract
Background: 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. Discussion: Evidence on the disease burden in Belgium, expressed as DALYs, is available from international and national efforts. Non-communicable diseases and injuries dominate the overall disease burden, while dietary risks, tobacco smoking, and high body-mass index are the major risk factors for ill health. Notwithstanding these efforts, if DALYs were to be used for guiding health policy, a more systematic approach is required. By integrating DALYs in the current data generating systems, comparable estimates, rooted in recent local data, can be produced. This might however be hampered by several restrictions, such as limited harmonization, timeliness, inclusiveness and accessibility of current databases. Summary: Routine quantification of disease burden in terms of DALYs would provide a significant added value to evidence-based public health policy in Belgium, although some hurdles need to be cleared.
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DISABILITY, FLANDERS, DALYS, Disability-adjusted life years, Health policy, Belgium, ADJUSTED LIFE-YEARS, ECONOMIC BURDEN, Disease burden
journal title
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
BMC Public Health
volume
14
article number
1196
pages
8 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000345363000001
JCR category
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
JCR impact factor
2.264 (2014)
JCR rank
53/165 (2014)
JCR quartile
2 (2014)
ISSN
1471-2458
DOI
10.1186/1471-2458-14-1196
language
English
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yes
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A1
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5766346
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5766346
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2014-11-28 19:28:13
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2016-12-21 15:42:48
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Discussion: Evidence on the disease burden in Belgium, expressed as DALYs, is available from international and national efforts. Non-communicable diseases and injuries dominate the overall disease burden, while dietary risks, tobacco smoking, and high body-mass index are the major risk factors for ill health. Notwithstanding these efforts, if DALYs were to be used for guiding health policy, a more systematic approach is required. By integrating DALYs in the current data generating systems, comparable estimates, rooted in recent local data, can be produced. This might however be hampered by several restrictions, such as limited harmonization, timeliness, inclusiveness and accessibility of current databases.
Summary: Routine quantification of disease burden in terms of DALYs would provide a significant added value to evidence-based public health policy in Belgium, although some hurdles need to be cleared.},
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  author       = {Devleesschauwer, Brecht and Maertens de Noordhout, Charline and Smit, Suzanne and Duchateau, Luc and Dorny, Pierre and Stein, Claudia and Van Oyen, Herman and Speybroeck, Niko},
  issn         = {1471-2458},
  journal      = {BMC PUBLIC HEALTH},
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Chicago
Devleesschauwer, Brecht, Charline Maertens de Noordhout, Suzanne Smit, Luc Duchateau, Pierre Dorny, Claudia Stein, Herman Van Oyen, and Niko Speybroeck. 2014. “Quantifying Burden of Disease to Support Public Health Policy in Belgium: Opportunities and Constraints.” Bmc Public Health 14.
APA
Devleesschauwer, B., Maertens de Noordhout, C., Smit, S., Duchateau, L., Dorny, P., Stein, C., Van Oyen, H., et al. (2014). Quantifying burden of disease to support public health policy in Belgium: opportunities and constraints. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 14.
Vancouver
1.
Devleesschauwer B, Maertens de Noordhout C, Smit S, Duchateau L, Dorny P, Stein C, et al. Quantifying burden of disease to support public health policy in Belgium: opportunities and constraints. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 2014;14.
MLA
Devleesschauwer, Brecht, Charline Maertens de Noordhout, Suzanne Smit, et al. “Quantifying Burden of Disease to Support Public Health Policy in Belgium: Opportunities and Constraints.” BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 14 (2014): n. pag. Print.