Inappropriate measures of population health for parasitic disease?

RJH Payne, L Turner, ER Morgan

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The dominant metric for setting public health priorities, the disability-adjusted life year (DALY), is unsuited to parasitic infections. In particular, the current DALY framework fails to acknowledge the non-linear pathologies of infection, the community level dynamics of epidemiology and the co-morbidities of polyparasitism. Parasitologists must urgently provide a better way of accounting for the true costs of parasitic disease.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)393 - 395
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2009

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