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Publication date: 
November 13, 2013

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) will release a new policy report, The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy – European Union and Free Trade Association Regional Edition, at the 6th European Public Health Conference on November 13 in Brussels. The three-day conference, organized by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is titled, “Health in Europe, Are We There Yet?”

The report summarizes regional findings and cross-country comparisons in diseases, health, injuries, and risk factors for countries in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The report is based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010, a collaborative effort of almost 500 researchers from 50 countries led by IHME at the University of Washington.

The report finds that in the EU and EFTA countries, disease burden from non-communicable causes mostly increased between 1990 and 2010. During the same period, there was also an increase in the percentage of healthy years lost from disability caused by conditions including musculoskeletal disorders, depression, and anxiety. Yet EU and EFTA countries have succeeded in decreasing premature death and disability from most communicable, maternal, newborn, and nutritional causes, as well as road injury.