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Call for papers: Burden of disease

Edited by Brecht Devleesschauwer and Henk Hilderink

© mthipsorn / Getty Images / iStockWhat are the most prevalent diseases in a country? Which risk factors are the strongest contributors to disease and death? How is the impact of different diseases evolving over time, and how does it compare between countries and within subnational units? With an increasing need for prioritizing the use of available resources, a timely, sound and comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions is needed more than ever to inform public health decision making. Driven by the impact of the Global Burden of Disease study, several researchers and health institutes have adopted the burden of disease approach to address these questions. Fundamental to this approach is the use of the Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) metric, as a single, comprehensive, and comparable summary measure of population health.

The burden of disease approach is, however, hampered by the complexity of the methodology and the need for high quality data. This collection aims to provide a platform for discussing methodological challenges and advances in the burden of disease approach.

We welcome the following:

  • Manuscripts dealing with methodological challenges related to the burden of disease approach.
  • Manuscripts presenting methodological advances in the burden of disease approach.
  • Manuscripts dealing with knowledge translation of burden of disease estimates.
  • Novel burden of disease studies using the DALY metric.

This collection, part of the Health information systems section of the journal, is open for submissions of research, methodology, study protocol, systematic review, and commentary articles. All articles that are submitted to this collection will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

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  1. A comprehensive overview of the burden of disease of burns for the full spectrum of care is not available. Therefore, we estimated the burden of disease of burns for the full spectrum in the Netherlands in 201...

    Authors: Inge Spronk, Margriet E. van Baar, Robert A. Verheij, Martien J. Panneman, Jan Dokter, Suzanne Polinder and Juanita A. Haagsma
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2023 81:3
  2. In a context of decreasing resources and growing health needs, evidence-based health and care policies are essential. This study aims to assess the health trends in Belgium between 1990 and 2019, to compare th...

    Authors: Jinane Ghattas, Vanessa Gorasso, Robby De Pauw, Sophie Thunus, Niko Speybroeck and Brecht Devleesschauwer
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:222
  3. Regularly updated epidemiological data on the burden of brain and central nervous system (CNS) cancers are important in the prioritization of research and the allocation of resources. This study aimed to inves...

    Authors: Yang Fan, Xian Zhang, Chao Gao, Shuai Jiang, Haoze Wu, Zhanhui Liu and Taotao Dou
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:209
  4. India is one of the fastest-growing developing economies associated with many socio-demographic challenges that include a high density of population, growing urbanization, and poor road infrastructure. These c...

    Authors: Deepak Kumar Behera, Sanjay Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar Choudhury
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:204
  5. There is no region-specific publication investigating the attributable burden of breast cancer, particularly among females. This article reported the burden of female breast cancer in the Middle East and North...

    Authors: Saeid Safiri, Maryam Noori, Seyed Aria Nejadghaderi, Mark J. M. Sullman, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Mohammad Ali Mansournia and Ali-Asghar Kolahi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:168
  6. Burden of disease analyses quantify population health and provide comprehensive overviews of the health status of countries or specific population groups. The comparative risk assessment (CRA) methodology is c...

    Authors: Dietrich Plass, Henk Hilderink, Heli Lehtomäki, Simon Øverland, Terje A. Eikemo, Taavi Lai, Vanessa Gorasso and Brecht Devleesschauwer
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:148
  7. Injury remains a major concern to public health in the European region. Previous iterations of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study showed wide variation in injury death and disability adjusted life year (...

    Authors: Juanita A. Haagsma, Periklis Charalampous, Filippo Ariani, Anne Gallay, Kim Moesgaard Iburg, Evangelia Nena, Che Henry Ngwa, Alexander Rommel, Ausra Zelviene, Kedir Hussein Abegaz, Hanadi Al Hamad, Luciana Albano, Catalina Liliana Andrei, Tudorel Andrei, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Olatunde Aremu…
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:142
  8. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) combine the impact of morbidity and mortality and can enable comprehensive, and comparable, assessments of direct and indirect health harms due to COVID-19. Our aim was t...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Eilidh Fletcher, Ian Grant, Gerry McCartney, Colin Fischbacher, Oliver Harding, Hannah Jones, Maria Teresa de Haro Moro, Niko Speybroeck, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Diane L. Stockton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:105
  9. The disability weight is an essential factor to estimate the healthy time that is lost due to living with a certain state of illness. A 2014 review showed a considerable variation in methods used to derive dis...

    Authors: Periklis Charalampous, Suzanne Polinder, Jördis Wothge, Elena von der Lippe and Juanita A. Haagsma
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:91
  10. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for over 90% of all deaths in the Cypriot population, in 2018. However, a detailed and comprehensive overview of the impact of NCDs on population health of Cyprus ove...

    Authors: Periklis Charalampous, Elena Pallari, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Nicos Middleton, Mary Economou, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Juanita A. Haagsma
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:138
  11. The InfAct (Information for Action) project is a European Commission Joint Action on Health Information which has promoted the potential role of burden of disease (BoD) approaches to improve the current European ...

    Authors: Romana Haneef, Jürgen Schmidt, Anne Gallay, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Ian Grant, Alexander Rommel, Grant MA Wyper, Herman Van Oyen, Henk Hilderink, Thomas Ziese and John Newton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:126
  12. Burden of Disease (BoD) studies use disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) as a population health metric to quantify the years of life lost due to morbidity and premature mortality for diseases, injuries and r...

    Authors: Sarah Cuschieri, Elena Pallari, Natasa Terzic, Ala’a Alkerwi, Rannveig Sigurvinsdottir, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir and Brecht Devleesschauwer
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:73
  13. The cause of death statistics in Germany include a relatively high share (26% in 2017) of ill-defined deaths (IDD). To make use of the cause of death statistics for Burden of Disease calculations we redistribu...

    Authors: Annelene Wengler, Heike Gruhl, Dietrich Plaß, Janko Leddin, Alexander Rommel and Elena von der Lippe
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:33
  14. Knowledge Translation (KT) and data visualization play a vital role in the dissemination of data and information to improve healthcare systems. A better understanding of KT and its utility requires examining i...

    Authors: Amelia Lundkvist, Ziad El-Khatib, Nikhila Kalra, Tomas Pantoja, Katherine Leach-Kemon, Christian Gapp and Tanja Kuchenmüller
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:17
  15. Summary measures of population health are increasingly used in different public health reporting systems for setting priorities for health care and social service delivery and planning.

    Authors: Elena von der Lippe, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Michelle Gourley, Juanita Haagsma, Henk Hilderink, Michael Porst, Annelene Wengler, Grant Wyper and Ian Grant
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:137
  16. Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a severe bacterial infection causing pneumonia. Surveillance commonly underestimates the true incidence as not all cases are laboratory confirmed and reported to public health aut...

    Authors: Christina Fastl, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Dieter van Cauteren, Adrien Lajot, Mathias Leroy, Valeska Laisnez, Carole Schirvel, Romain Mahieu, Denis Pierard, Charlotte Michel and Stéphanie Jacquinet
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:92
  17. Acceptance of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) as a measure of health summary and progression has increased over the years, which in turn has instigated comparative analysis studies of DALY across time and...

    Authors: Nitya Saxena and Deepak Sethia
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:91
  18. Australia’s 1996 national burden of disease (BoD) study was one of the first in the world and updates have continued over the following two decades with the fifth study now underway. The studies adapt the glob...

    Authors: Lynelle Moon, Michelle Gourley, John Goss, Miriam Lum On, Paula Laws, Anna Reynolds and Richard Juckes
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:88
  19. The Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) is a measure to prioritize in the public health field. In the Netherlands, the DALY estimates are calculated since 1997 and are included in the Public Health Status and...

    Authors: Henk B. M. Hilderink, Marjanne H. D. Plasmans, M. J. J. C. (René) Poos, Petra E. D. Eysink and Ronald Gijsen
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:85
  20. Maternal and child mortalities are the main public health problems worldwide and both are the major health concern in developing countries such as Africa and Asia. The fertility behavior of women characterized...

    Authors: Zemenu Tadesse Tessema, Melkalem Mamuye Azanaw, Yeaynmarnesh Asmare Bukayaw and Kassahun Alemu Gelaye
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:74
  21. Low back pain (LBP) is a public health concern and a leading cause of ill health. A high prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints has been reported for Malta, a small European state. The aim was to estimate fo...

    Authors: Sarah Cuschieri, Grant M. A. Wyper, Neville Calleja, Vanessa Gorasso and Brecht Devleesschauwer
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:68
  22. The disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) summarize the burden of years of life lost (YLL) due to premature mortality and years lost due to disability (YLD). Our aim was to estimate the burden of ischemic hea...

    Authors: Laura Paalanen, Jaakko Reinikainen, Tommi Härkänen, Tiina Mattila, Tiina Laatikainen, Pekka Jousilahti and Hanna Tolonen
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:58
  23. Evidence has emerged showing that elderly people and those with pre-existing chronic health conditions may be at higher risk of developing severe health consequences from COVID-19. In Europe, this is of partic...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Ricardo Assunção, Sarah Cuschieri, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Eilidh Fletcher, Juanita A. Haagsma, Henk B. M. Hilderink, Jane Idavain, Tina Lesnik, Elena Von der Lippe, Marek Majdan, Milena S. Milicevic, Elena Pallari, José L. Peñalvo, Sara M. Pires, Dietrich Plaß…
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:47

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:57

  24. Severity distributions are a means of summarising the range of health loss suffered to disease which enables estimates of disease occurrence to be paired with disability weights to estimate Years Lost to Disab...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Ian Grant, Eilidh Fletcher, Neil Chalmers, Gerry McCartney and Diane L. Stockton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:3

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:29

  25. Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) are an established method for quantifying population health needs and guiding prioritisation decisions. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimates aim to ensure comparabili...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Ian Grant, Eilidh Fletcher, Gerry McCartney, Colin Fischbacher and Diane L. Stockton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:1
  26. In Belgium, different routine surveillance systems are in place to follow-up Lyme borreliosis trends. However, accurate data on the disease and monetary burden for the different clinical manifestations are lac...

    Authors: Laurence Geebelen, Tinne Lernout, Benoît Kabamba-Mukadi, Veroniek Saegeman, Hein Sprong, Steven Van Gucht, Philippe Beutels, Niko Speybroeck and Katrien Tersago
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2017 75:42
  27. Utilities and disability weights (DWs) are metrics used for calculating Quality-Adjusted Life Years and Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), respectively. Utilities can be obtained with multi-attribute inst...

    Authors: C. Maertens de Noordhout, B. Devleesschauwer, L. Gielens, M. H. D. Plasmans, J. A. Haagsma and N. Speybroeck
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2017 75:6
  28. Various Burden of Disease (BoD) studies do not account for multimorbidity in their BoD estimates. Ignoring multimorbidity can lead to inaccuracies in BoD estimations, particularly in ageing populations that in...

    Authors: Henk B. M. Hilderink, Marjanne H. D. Plasmans, Bianca E. P. Snijders, Hendriek C. Boshuizen, M. J. J. C. (René) Poos and Coen H. van Gool
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2016 74:37
  29. Authors: Charline Maertens de Noordhout, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Diallo Lamarana, Juanita Haagsma, Arie Havelaar, Sophie Quoilin, Sophie Bertrand, Yves Dupont, Olivier Vandenberg, Patrick Brandt and Niko Speybroeck
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2015 73(Suppl 1):K3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 73 Supplement 1