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More than just numbers: Exploring the concept of “burden of disease”

Backgrounder on common concepts and measures of disease burden used in population and public health. It also reflects on emerging interpretations of disease burden and suggests questions that might be asked of those writing and speaking about burden of disease.

Published: 2016

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Project No. 274

Thinking about burden of disease with equity in mind

Standard burden of disease measures identify differences in disease patterns and trends for a population, but do not always look for differences within the population. We need a different approach to thinking about and measuring burden of disease—one that considers the social determinants of health and the effects of inequity.

Published: 2016

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Project No. 275

Understanding Summary Measures Used to Estimate the Burden of Disease: All about HALYs, DALYs and QALYs

An introduction to commonly used measures of burden of illness. The ability to consistently describe the relative importance of diseases is important for public health decision-making and planning.

Published: 2015

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Project No. 211

Understanding the Measurement of Global Burden of Disease

Public health practitioners need to understand burden of illness to help set priorities. This document explains the principles and methods of the 2012 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) international project.

Published: 2015

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Project No. 147

Framing Burden: Towards a new framework for measuring burden of disease in Canada

A concept paper intended to act as a starting point for a critical examination of burden of disease, with the longer-term goal of developing a framework to guide transparent, fair, meaningful, and practical measures of burden.

Published: 2015

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Project No. 223

Reducing the Burden of Influenza-Like Illness in Canada: A National Consultation on Useful Products for Public Health Practitioners (Proceedings)

 

Published: 2013

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Project No. 145