DALY – Disability-Adjusted Life Years Data
DALY stands for Disability-Adjusted Life Years that is a measure used with health datasets to quantify the burden of diseases. Health data from patients such as those that suffer from chronic diseases contains insights for this measure. The result of the data analysis is the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. It is an important population health indicator that is often used to support evidence-based public health policies. Also it enabled a comparison of the overall health and life expectancy between different countries.
The measure is calculated as sum of two major components. First years of life lost because of dying early and second years lost because of disability. The second component is a measure of the burden of living with a disease or disability.
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The following video introduces the measure in a very understandable way:
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