Measuring the burden of disease in Korea

Seok Jun Yoon, Sang Cheol Bae, Sang Il Lee, Hyejung Chang, Sug Jo Heui, Joo Hun Sung, Jae Hyun Park, Jin Yong Lee, Youngsoo Shin

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This paper provides an overview of the Korean Burden of Disease (KBoD) study, which was the first such study to assess the national burden of disease using disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in an advanced Asian country. The KBoD study generally followed the approach utilized in the original Global Burden of Disease study (GBD), with the exception of the disease classification and epidemiological data estimation methods used, and the relative weightings of disabilities. The results of the present study reveal that the burden of disease per 100,000 of the Korean population originates primarily from; cancer (1,525 Person Years, PYs), cardiovascular disease (1,492 PYs), digestive disease (1,140 PYs), diabetes mellitus (990 PYs), and certain neuro-psychiatric conditions (883 PYs). These results are largely consistent with those of developed countries, but also represent uniquely Korean characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-523
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Burden of disease
  • Korea
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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