UK Health Performance: the Global Burden of Disease Study (NHS Choices / Lancet / BBC News)


Health outcomes have improved over the past 30 years in the UK, but these improvements have been out-performed in other developed countries. When considering the top-ten causes of premature death in the UK during 2010, many of these (heart disease, lung cancer and stroke) are largely preventable, implying more could be achieved via public health and preventive medicine.

The newspapers adopted various angles in reporting the study’s findings. The Guardian prioiritised life expectancy, the Independent concentrated on dementia and the Daily Mail reported Alzheimer’s Disease prevalence.

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UK position worsens in ‘early death league’. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, March 5th 2013.

This relates to:

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Murray, CJL. Richards, MA. Newton, JN. [et al] (2013). UK health performance: findings of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. Epub: March 5th 2013.

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Roberts, M. (2013). UK ‘fares badly in European health league table’. London: BBC Health News, March 5th 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].

Global Burden of Disease Study: 2013 Update (Lancet)

An update to this study, including trends for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias based on meta-analysis of prevalence studies:

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GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators (2015). Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet. January 10th 2015, Vol.385(9963), p117–171.

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