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J Korean Med Sci. 2016 Nov;31 Suppl 2:S184-S190. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2016.31.S2.S184.

Disability-Adjusted Life Years for Maternal, Neonatal, and Nutritional Disorders in Korea.

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Department of Nursing, Dankook University College of Nursing, Cheonan, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Nursing Science, Shinsung University, Dangjin, Korea.
Public Health Medical Service, Boramae Medical Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Institute of Health Policy and Management, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Maternal and child health is an important issue throughout the world. Given their impact on maternal and child health, nutritional issues need to be carefully addressed. Accordingly, the effect of maternal, child, and nutritional disorders on disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) should be calculated. The present study used DALYs to estimate the burden of disease of maternal, neonatal, and nutritional disorders in the Korean population in 2012. For this purpose, we used claim data of the Korean National Health Insurance Service, DisMod II, and death data of the Statistics Korea and adhered to incidence-based DALY estimation methodology. The total DALYs per 100,000 population were 376 in maternal disorders, 64 in neonatal disorders, and 58 in nutritional deficiencies. The leading causes of DALYs were abortion in maternal disorders, preterm birth complications in neonatal disorders, and iron-deficiency anemia in nutritional deficiencies. Our findings shed light on the considerable burden of maternal, neonatal, and nutritional conditions, emphasizing the need for health care policies that can reduce morbidity and mortality.


DALYs; Disability-Adjusted Life Year; Incidence-based; Maternal Disorders; Neonatal Disorders; Nutritional Deficiencies

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