COST Action CA18218

Risk factors and their contribution to population health in the European Union, 2007 and 2017

On 01 September, Dr. João Vasco Santos and colleagues from several European countries published the article Risk factors and their contribution to population health in the European Union (EU-28) countries in 2007 and 2017. This study used estimates from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2017 study to report the burden of disease attributable to risk factors in the 28 European Union (EU) countries from 2007 to 2017. Although there were general improvements, the risk factor attributable burden of disease in the EU-28 remains high, with behavioural and metabolic risk factors standing out. Important heterogeneity between countries was observed, and good practices with possible public health implications were identified. The article results from collaboration within our COST Action. You can find a complete overview of our COST Action Dissemination here.

This work is currently being furthered using estimates from GBD 2019, and findings will be presented in the workshop 'Health, risk factors and inequalities in the EU: insights from the Global Burden of Disease study' at the upcoming 14th European Public Health Conference. We have also compiled a wider list of conference sessions which members of our COST action are involved in, presenting their latest burden of disease research and findings.

As a reminder, please remember that we are able to reimburse the open access fee of burden of disease publications that meet the COST criteria – i.e., at least 3 co-authors from 3 different participating countries, and an acknowledgment of networking support from our COST Action. Papers including at least 2 co-authors from 2 different participating countries, and acknowleding our COST Action, count towards our Action Dissemination targets. We therefore would like to encourage all of you to acknowledge our COST Action when publishing with other members of the European Burden of Disease Network.

The article has also been added to our burden of disease database, which aims to compile a comprehensive list of European burden of disease papers.

Santos JV, Gorasso V, Souza J, Wyper GMA, Grant I, Pinheiro V, Viana J, Ricciardi W, Haagsma JA, Devleesschauwer B, Plass D, Freitas A. Risk factors and their contribution to population health in the European Union (EU-28) countries in 2007 and 2017. European Journal of Public Health. 2021; in press. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckab145

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