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Call for papers: Burden of disease

Edited by Brecht Devleesschauwer and Henk Hilderink

© mthipsorn / Getty Images / iStockArchives of Public Health invites you to submit to our new article collection focusing on the burden of disease.

What 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.

Deadline for submissions: 31st April 2020.

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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