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Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors study

Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) study represents the first major effort at a systematic revision of estimates in health for every region in the world. Updating and improving on the paradigm established by the original 1996 study, this major revision unites a community of epidemiological experts and leaders in public health research from around the globe to assess trends in the state of all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors. The original project created a common metric to estimate morbidity and mortality for regions that collectively span the world's population, generating comparable information on incidence and prevalence in global health. This ambitious new effort will provide updated information on past, present, and forecasted levels of disease and injury, while raising awareness and understanding of the causal factors behind them. In a uniquely inclusive enterprise, the project's global community of participants will work together to produce new sets of estimates, powerful and easy-to-use tools for research and teaching, and comprehensive analyses. To further expand engagement with the GBD, the process of the new study will be fully transparent, with both methods and results publicly accessible. As a whole, the study stands to significantly revise our comprehension of global health, while providing information in a way that is maximally useful for funders and policy-makers.

This study is led by a consortium involving the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington (Seattle, USA), World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland), Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA), Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA) and School of Population Health of the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).

Please find more information on GBD web site.

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