The global burden of anxiety disorders in 2010

Baxter, A. J., Vos, T., Scott, K. M., Ferrari, A. J. and Whiteford, H. A. (2014) The global burden of anxiety disorders in 2010. Psychological Medicine, FirstView 11: 1-12. doi:10.1017/S0033291713003243

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Author Baxter, A. J.
Vos, T.
Scott, K. M.
Ferrari, A. J.
Whiteford, H. A.
Title The global burden of anxiety disorders in 2010
Journal name Psychological Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-2917
Publication date 2014-01-22
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1017/S0033291713003243
Volume FirstView
Issue 11
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background Despite their high prevalence, the global burden of anxiety disorders has never been calculated comprehensively. The new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study has estimated burden due to morbidity and mortality caused by any anxiety disorder.

Method Prevalence was estimated using Bayesian meta-regression informed by data identified in a systematic review. Years of life lived with disability (YLDs) were calculated by multiplying prevalent cases by an average disability weight based on severity proportions (mild, moderate and severe). Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) were then calculated and age standardized using global standard population figures. Estimates were also made for additional suicide mortality attributable to anxiety disorders. Findings are presented for YLDs, DALYs and attributable burden due to suicide for 21 world regions in 1990 and 2010.

Results Anxiety disorders were the sixth leading cause of disability, in terms of YLDs, in both high-income (HI) and low- and middle-income (LMI) countries. Globally, anxiety disorders accounted for 390 DALYs per 100 000 persons [95% uncertainty interval (UI) 191–371 DALYs per 100 000] in 2010, with no discernible change observed over time. Females accounted for about 65% of the DALYs caused by anxiety disorders, with the highest burden in both males and females experienced by those aged between 15 and 34 years. Although there was regional variation in prevalence, the overlap between uncertainty estimates means that substantive differences in burden between populations could not be identified.

Conclusions Anxiety disorders are chronic, disabling conditions that are distributed across the globe. Future estimates of burden could be further improved by obtaining more representative data on severity state proportions.
Keyword Anxiety disorders
Burden of disease
Global health
Public health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 22 January 2014

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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