We're living longer but with more disability

December 14th, 2012 in Health /

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010), has found people around the world are living longer but often with many years of compromised health.

The study is co-authored by the Head of The University of Queensland's School of , Professor Alan Lopez and the Director for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Dr Christopher Murray.

It reveals the leading causes of death, disability and injury.

GBD 2010 – set to be launched at London's Royal Society on 14 December - is the world's largest ever investigation of .

Involving 1000 collaborators over five years, the study examines 291 conditions and 67 for 21 global regions.

Professor Lopez said that the study's update was driven by need.

"We know that dozens of countries have taken the methodology of GBD and applied it to their own situation to better inform local and policies. However, we knew we could improve it," Professor Lopez said.

"We knew we needed to update our 20-year-old estimates and make use of today's better methods, enhanced availability of data and increased expertise and there was a huge demand for it.

"Studies such as this which provide us with comprehensive and reliable health information are essential if countries are to be better informed about their health priorities and how these are changing."

Results of the study will be featured in a special issue of The , which will be devoted entirely to GBD 2010 findings.

These findings include:

These latest findings update the original GBD 1990, which was the first study to measure not just mortality, but the impact of disease and years lived with disability.

It is one of the world's most cited investigations and has influenced policies and budgets around the globe.

Provided by University of Queensland

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