Burden of depressive disorders by country, sex, age, and year : findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Ferrari, Alize J., Charlson, Fiona J., Norman, Rosana E., Patten, Scott B., Freedman, Greg D., Murray, Christopher J.L., Vos, Theo, & Whiteford, Harvey A. (2013) Burden of depressive disorders by country, sex, age, and year : findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. PLoS Medicine, 10(11), e1001547.

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Abstract

Background

Depressive disorders were a leading cause of burden in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 1990 and 2000 studies. Here, we analyze the burden of depressive disorders in GBD 2010 and present severity proportions, burden by country, region, age, sex, and year, as well as burden of depressive disorders as a risk factor for suicide and ischemic heart disease.

Methods and Findings

Burden was calculated for major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymia. A systematic review of epidemiological data was conducted. The data were pooled using a Bayesian meta-regression. Disability weights from population survey data quantified the severity of health loss from depressive disorders. These weights were used to calculate years lived with disability (YLDs) and disability adjusted life years (DALYs). Separate DALYs were estimated for suicide and ischemic heart disease attributable to depressive disorders.Depressive disorders were the second leading cause of YLDs in 2010. MDD accounted for 8.2% (5.9%-10.8%) of global YLDs and dysthymia for 1.4% (0.9%-2.0%). Depressive disorders were a leading cause of DALYs even though no mortality was attributed to them as the underlying cause. MDD accounted for 2.5% (1.9%-3.2%) of global DALYs and dysthymia for 0.5% (0.3%-0.6%). There was more regional variation in burden for MDD than for dysthymia; with higher estimates in females, and adults of working age. Whilst burden increased by 37.5% between 1990 and 2010, this was due to population growth and ageing. MDD explained 16 million suicide DALYs and almost 4 million ischemic heart disease DALYs. This attributable burden would increase the overall burden of depressive disorders from 3.0% (2.2%-3.8%) to 3.8% (3.0%-4.7%) of global DALYs.

Conclusions

GBD 2010 identified depressive disorders as a leading cause of burden. MDD was also a contributor of burden allocated to suicide and ischemic heart disease. These findings emphasize the importance of including depressive disorders as a public-health priority and implementing cost-effective interventions to reduce its burden.Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary.

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ID Code: 79827
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: age, article, Bayes theorem, comorbidity, disability, disease duration, disease severity, DSM-IV-TR, dysthymia, gender, human, incidence, ischemic heart disease, major depression, mortality, prevalence, remission, risk assessment, suicide, Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Cost of Illness, Depression, Depressive Disorder, Disabled Persons, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Infant, Male, Middle Aged, Myocardial Ischemia, Public Health, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Risk Factors, Young Adult, World Health
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001547
ISSN: 1549-1277
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Ferrari et al.
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Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 01:13
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 06:03

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