Journal article

Using disability-adjusted life years to set health-based targets: A novel use of an established burden of disease metric

Katherine Gibney, Martha Sinclair, Joanne O'Toole, Karin Leder

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Following the 1990 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) have been used widely to quantify the population health burden of diseases and to prioritise and evaluate the impact of specific public health interventions. In the context of the recent release of the 2010 GBD study, we explore the novel use of DALYS to determine health-based targets (HBTs). As with the more traditional use of DALYs, the main advantage of using DALYs as HBTs is the ability to account for differential disease severity, identify the most appropriate public health interventions, and measure the positive and negative outcomes of these interventions. Australia is currently considering..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Establishing Australian Health Based Targets for Microbial Water Quality project was funded by grants from the NHMRC and Water Quality Research Australia (WQRA). In addition to this article's authors, the project team consisted of Christopher Stevenson, Deakin University, formerly Monash University, Professor Theo Vos, University of Queensland; Robert Hall, Ms Katie Dale, and Timo Birkenstock, Monash University.