Global Burden of Disease

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research centre which is based out of the University of Washington. IHME houses the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) database, which contains information pertaining to mortality, disability, disease burden, life expectancy and risk factors. This data is available free of charge to researchers and policymakers around the world, so that they have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

Global Burden of Disease Data Visualization Tools 

To assist researchers and policy makers with navigating through this plethora of data, IHME has created a number of data visualization tools, which include dynamic graphs charts which allow for comparison and demonstrate how global health profiles have changed over time.

Country Profiles 

The IHME website also contains country profiles, which are generated based on more than 50,000 data sources and based on the most scientifically rigorous estimates possible. These profiles can be freely downloaded and distributed.

Findings from Canada’s Country Profile:

  • Road injuries showed the largest decrease among the leading causes of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 1990, falling 47.5% by 2013.
  • Road injuries and self-harm are among the top 10 leading cause of years of life lost (YLL)  due to premature mortality
  • The burden of alcohol/drug use and occupational incidents can be closely tied to transport injuries, unintentional injuries and self-harm/interpersonal violence.

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