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Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 May 8;11:E75. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130344.

Findings and implications of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study for the Pacific Islands.

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Secretariat of the Pacific Community, BP D5 - 98848, Noumea, New Caledonia. E-mail:
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia.


The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study is the largest study of its kind. It provides a large volume of information about the global burden of disease and associated risk factors. It estimates that lower respiratory infections, diabetes, diarrhea, and tuberculosis cause the greatest burden in the Pacific, and noncommunicable diseases caused a substantially greater burden in 2010 compared with 1990. Although the Pacific is considered to be a region rich in data, very little of these data has been analyzed, synthesized, and made publically available. Consequently, burden estimates for the Pacific are derived from models built with very limited data, and it is difficult to know how accurate they are. Health information in the Pacific needs strengthening, particularly in relation to data collection, analysis, use, and sharing. This will improve the reliability and comparability of burden of disease estimates.

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