The Burden of Disease Approach for Measuring Population Health

  • Paulo Pinheiro
  • Dietrich Plaß
  • Alexander Krämer
Part of the Contributions to Statistics book series (CONTRIB.STAT.)


Quantitative assessments of the health status of a population are undisputedly an important source of information to support decision-making and priority-setting processes in the field of Public Health. A common practice to (a) indicate the average level and the distribution of health in a population and (b) identify the impact of diseases on population health has been the use of findings on the epidemiology of diseases and injuries, their causes and risk factors. One major part of such efforts has targeted the determination of mortality patterns based on death and causes of death statistics. In addition, findings on mortality and its derivative life expectancy have widely been used as surrogates to inform about the overall health status as well as to identify the most important health problems in a population.


Disability Weight Health Expectancy Health Loss Comparative Risk Assessment Healthy Life Year 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Dietrich Plaß
    • 1
  • Alexander Krämer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Health Medicine, School of Public HealthBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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