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FundaMentalHM: Innovative methods for better estimation of Fundamental Health Metrics associated with Mental disorders and other general medical conditions

Project description

Filling methodological gaps in the estimation of mental disorder data

The underestimation of excess morbidity and mortality associated with mental disorders has significant implications for service planning and resource allocation. To better estimate the burden of mental disorders and fill the existing methodological gaps, the EU-funded FundaMentalHM project is focussing on using aggregated data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study and register-based individual-level data from the whole Danish population. The project aspires to provide the most comprehensive detailed analysis of comorbidity between mental disorders and other general medical conditions. Moreover, it aims at improving health metrics by incorporating dependent comorbidity into the estimates. Finally, the project will better estimate the excess mortality associated with mental disorders using innovative methods.

Objective

The contribution of mental disorders to the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) Study is now well recognized – mental disorders account for 6.8% of the total burden worldwide. Because the GBD’s health metric Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) combines the impact of both morbidity (Years Lived with Disability; YLDs) and mortality (Years of Life Lost; YLLs), it has foregrounded the previously neglected contribution of mental disorders to the global disease burden. However, this health metric does not account for comorbidity adequately, which leads to an underestimation of excess morbidity and mortality associated with mental disorders. This bias has serious implications for service planning and resource allocation. The focus of FundaMentalHM is to use aggregated data from the GBD Study and register-based individual-level data from the whole Danish population to fill the existing methodological gaps, by developing and applying new methodologies in order to better estimate the burden of mental disorders. FundaMentalHM will (i) provide the most comprehensive detailed analysis of comorbidity between mental disorders and other general medical conditions, (ii) advance the area of science related to health metrics by incorporating dependent (instead of independent) comorbidity to the estimates, and (iii) use innovative methods to better estimate the excess mortality associated with mental disorders. In accomplishing FundaMentalHM’s objectives, I will provide a more accurate, unbiased view of the true burden – including true number of deaths – associated with mental disorders. These estimates are essential in order to guide the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, I expect that the suite of methods developed as part of FundaMentalHM project can be applied to a wide range of other disorders.

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 247 260,96
Address
NORDRE RINGGADE 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 247 260,96

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