Global burden of disease studies: implications for mental and substance use disorders

Whiteford, Harvey, Ferrari, Alize and Degenhardt, Louisa (2016) Global burden of disease studies: implications for mental and substance use disorders. Health Affairs, 35 6: 1114-1120. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0082

Author Whiteford, Harvey
Ferrari, Alize
Degenhardt, Louisa
Title Global burden of disease studies: implications for mental and substance use disorders
Journal name Health Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1544-5208
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0082
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 6
Start page 1114
End page 1120
Total pages 7
Place of publication Millwood, VA, United States
Publisher Project HOPE
Language eng
Subject 2719 Health Policy
Abstract Global Burden of Disease studies have highlighted mental and substance use disorders as the leading cause of disability globally. Using the studies' findings for policy and planning requires an understanding of how estimates are generated, the required epidemiological data are gathered, disability and premature mortality are defined and counted, and comparative risk assessment for risk-factor analysis is undertaken. The high burden of mental and substance use disorders has increased their priority on the global health agenda, but not enough to prompt concerted action by governments and international agencies. Using Global Burden of Disease estimates in health policy and planning requires combining them with other information such as evidence on the cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the disorders' burden. Concerted action is required by mental health advocates and policy makers to assemble this evidence, taking into account the health, social, and economic challenges facing each country.
Keyword Mental disorders
Substance use disorders
Global disability
Global health
Health policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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