Improving the measurement of non-fatal injury burden; validating the GBD methods

Global Burden of Disease
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study developed a methodology for estimating the burden of disease and injury worldwide. The methods of the GBD project have been universally adopted for burden of disease studies, but the has been little validation of the injury estimates produced by the GBD and challenges for improving estimates of burden remain.

Quantifying Burden of Disease
Valid and reliable methods for quantifying the burden of disease and injury are essential to

  • guide the public health response to conditions
  • identify priorities
  • inform policy
  • policy setting and strategic health services planning and;
  • monitor the impact of interventions

We will use data from the six largest and most comprehensive cohort studies across five countries to evaluate methods for determining the disability associated with injury, address issues specific to injury and identify improved methods for burden estimates. The results will direct how injury burden is measured for by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, and for individual country or region-specific studies. Our research will improve outcome measurement in ways that are critical for enhanced clinical, public health policy and planning settings

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Contact Us

For further information or to contact the project team please contact A/Prof Belinda Gabbe on +61 3 9903 0951 or via

Funded project

This project is funded for two years (2012 – 2013) by a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant