To provide policymakers, researchers, donors, and other decision-makers with the most timely and up-to-date picture of population health to inform critical decisions, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) will produce annual updates to its estimates. The first update, GBD 2013, uses and expands upon the infrastructure of methodology, datasets, and tools that were presented in GBD 2010, and presents estimates of all-cause mortality, deaths by cause, years of life lost, years lived with disability, and disability-adjusted life years by country, age, and sex. The first installment of GBD 2013 was published in May 2014, and the remainder will be available by Fall 2014.
GBD 2013 includes a Core Analytic Team, a GBD Scientific Council, a GBD Management Team, and a robust network of GBD Experts working together to produce the most accurate, up-to-date, and comparable estimates of disease burden worldwide.
To contact the GBD Management Team, please email Summer Lockett Ohno at [email protected].
GBD: a critical resource for informed policymaking
IHME is partnering with country-level policymakers to ensure their country’s health system is adequately aligned to their population’s true health challenges. GBD enables decision-makers to compare the effects of different diseases – such as cancer versus depression – that kill people prematurely and cause ill health. Information about changing disease patterns is a crucial input for country governments, as it illustrates the challenges that individuals and health care providers are facing in their country.
In addition to comparable information about the impact of fatal and non-fatal conditions, decision-makers at the country level need relevant, comprehensive estimates of the disease burden attributable to different risk factors. The GBD approach goes beyond risk-factor prevalence, such as the number of smokers or heavy drinkers in a population. With comparative risk assessment, GBD incorporates both the prevalence of a given risk factor as well as the relative harm caused by that risk factor. It counts premature death and disability attributable to high blood pressure, tobacco and alcohol use, lack of exercise, air pollution, poor diet, and many other risk factors that lead to ill health.
The flexible design of the GBD machinery allows for regular updates as new data are made available and epidemiological studies are published. Similar to the way in which a policymaker uses gross domestic product data to monitor a country’s economic activity, GBD can be used at the global, national, and subnational levels to understand health trends over time.
Policymakers in Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom are exploring collaborations with IHME to adopt different aspects of the GBD approach.
To express interest in collaborating with IHME in this way, please contact us by email at [email protected], or by telephone at +1-206-897-2800.