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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.

This collection is now closed for submissions, please visit Archives of Public Health to view more collections

  1. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research

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  5. 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

    Content type: Methodology

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  6. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  7. 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

    Content type: Methodology

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research

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

  12. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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

  13. 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

    Content type: Research

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  14. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research

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  17. 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

    Content type: Keynote lecture presentation

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

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