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Impact of health conditions based on burden of DALYS (don't think ME/CFS included)


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Imagine if health resources (and/or research funding) were distributed according to burden of DALYs? Who'd win/lose?


Comes from WHO's new #GBD tool: http://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/

Anyone able to see whether ME/CFS on this? I know people like @Snow Leopard have argued we might do well if research resources were based on DALYs but not good if we're not registering.

Definition of DALY:
The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.


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The DALY is partially based on how bad the general population thinks the illness is.


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Logan, Queensland, Australia
The DALY is partially based on how bad the general population thinks the illness is.
Yes, DALYs are based on a fudge factor, not that they call it that, though not the general public I think. Someone decides how bad a disease is, and gives it a multiplier. CFS used to rate very low. There is some official, or group, somewhere, who regard CFS as a non-issue.