Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for injuries using death certificates and hospital discharge survey by the Korean burden of disease study 2012

Won Kyung Lee, Dohee Lim, Hyesook Park

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A system for assessing the burdens imposed by disease and injury was developed to meet healthcare, priority setting, and policy planning needs. The first such system, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD), was implemented in 1990. However, problems associated with limited data and assumed disability weightings remain to be resolved. The purpose of the present study was to estimate national burdens of injuries in Korea using more reliable data and disability weightings. The incidences of injuries were estimated using the Korean National Hospital Discharge Survey and the mortality data from the Korean National Statistical Office in 2010. Additionally, durations of injuries and age at injury onset were used to calculate disability-adjusted life years (DALY) using disability weightings derived from the Korean Burden of Disease (KBD) study. Korea had 1,581,072 DALYs resulting from injuries (3,170 per 100,000), which was 22.9% higher than found by the GBD 2010 study. Males had almost twice as heavy an injury burden as females. Road injury, fall, and selfharm ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in terms of burden of injury in 2010. Total injury burden peaked in the forties, while burden per person declined gradually from early adulthood. We hope that this study contributes to the reliable evaluation of injury burden and a better understanding of injury-related health status using nation-specific, dependable data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S200-S207
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant provided by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI13C0729).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.


  • Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)
  • Disease burden
  • Health related quality of life
  • Injuries


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