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Br J Psychiatry. 2004 May;184:386-92.

Global burden of depressive disorders in the year 2000.

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Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland. ustunb@who.int

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The initial Global Burden of Disease study found that depression was the fourth leading cause of disease burden, accounting for 3.7% of total disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in the world in 1990.

AIMS:

To present the new estimates of depression burden for the year 2000.

METHOD:

DALYs for depressive disorders in each world region were calculated, based on new estimates of mortality, prevalence, incidence, average age at onset, duration and disability severity.

RESULTS:

Depression is the fourth leading cause of disease burden, accounting for 4.4% of total DALYs in the year 2000, and it causes the largest amount of non-fatal burden, accounting for almost 12% of all total years lived with disability worldwide.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data on the burden of depression worldwide represent a major public health problem that affects patients and society.

PMID:
15123501
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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