Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
DANTES, Héctor Gómez et al. Burden of disease in Latin America. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp. s72-s77. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800003.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the burden of disease studies made in the region, identify the main priorities in health from the indicator Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: By the use of DALYs identify the burden of disease in the countries in the network. RESULTS: DALYs emphasize the emergency of mental disorders, diabetes mellitus in women and the disorders associated with alcohol consumption and injuries in men. CONCLUSIONS: Latin America is the region with more national studies of burden of disease, using a standardized methodology, that allows identifying new health priorities which are pressing to the health services; for that reason these results constitute an element to take into account in the establishment of public policies in each country.
Keywords : burden of disease; Latin America.