Mark D. Peterson

The Burden of Disease and Functional Limitation for Ethnically Diverse Older Adults in the United States: Disability-Adjusted Life Years

Research Project Description
Ryan McGrath, Mark D. Peterson

Both domestically and globally, Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) have been used to determine the burden of several diseases and injuries by calculating the number of healthy years that were lost due to the presence of a particular disease or injury. This summary metric is used to compare a population's health to the normative goal of standard life expectancy in full health; however, DALYs have yet to be calculated in an older adult cohort, nor are DALYs specific to ethnicity. Knowing the DALYs for different diseases and functional limitations in older adults of varying ethnicities will fill a gap in the literature by providing health professionals with a measure of how these health problems affect the amount of healthy years of life that were lost due to a disease or limitation, and the number of years that were lost due to premature mortality.

Funding:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(subcontract: 17-072)

Funding Period: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2018