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

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Show simple item record Devleesschauwer, B. Maertens de Noordhout, C. Smit, G. S. Duchateau, L. Dorny, P. Stein, C. Van Oyen, H. Speybroeck, N. 2015-01-16T13:45:18Z 2015-01-16T13:45:18Z 2014
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dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject National policies en_US
dc.subject Disease burden en_US
dc.subject Quantification en_US
dc.subject Morbidity en_US
dc.subject Mortality en_US
dc.subject DALYs en_US
dc.subject Data analysis en_US
dc.subject Evidence-based en_US
dc.subject Surveillance data en_US
dc.subject Belgium en_US
dc.subject Europe, West en_US
dc.title Quantifying burden of disease to support public health policy in Belgium: opportunities and constraints en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 1196 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle BMC Public Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 14 en_US
dc.citation.pages 1-8 en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation BMC Public Health en_US

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