The GBD 2015 study shows that, from 1990 to 2015, the world as a whole has been undergoing an epidemiological transition. The nature of that transition is discussed in this report. Since the GBD 2015 study’s results consist of over 2 billion estimated data points, this report only touches on a few of the project’s most widely applicable, biggest-picture conclusions.

The estimates, tables, and figures in this report come from datasets and visualization tools that are available for public access on the IHME website. Details about how the estimates were generated may be found in the Glossary and Methodological appendix of this report, as well as on the IHME website and in the GBD 2015 articles published in The Lancet.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Rethinking Development and Health: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study. Seattle, WA: IHME, 2016.