The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) (1990) was the first major effort since the original GBD study to provide a complete systematic assessment of the data on all disease and injuries. Many new sources of data and methodological refinements in estimating disease burden have been developed since the original study. Within a new GBD project, comprehensive estimates of the burden of epilepsy, its disabling sequelae and its role as a risk factor for other diseases and injuries will be developed.
The specific aims are:
- To generate comprehensive estimates of the burden of disease due to idiopathic epilepsy by age, sex, and region, for 1990 and 2005. Estimates will include deaths, years of life lost (YLL) and years lived with disability (YLD), incidence, prevalence and duration of cases and disabling sequalae.
- To generate comprehensive estimates of the burden of disease due to epilepsy secondary to infections of the central nervous system (CNS), CNS cancers, strokes, and due to perinatal events.
- To generate comprehensive estimates of the mortality and burden of disease due to epilepsy as a risk factor for road traffic injuries, burns, falls, drowning and suicide.
The Global Campaign Against Epilepsy is contributing to the above process.