Who is healthier? Take part in a survey to help improve global health policy decisions

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which houses Population Health Metrics, has launched a new Health Measurement Survey. With unprecedented money and attention pouring into international health, the need for accurate data on global health patterns is a matter of utmost urgency. This research survey will measure the impact of different diseases and injuries and help researchers assign values to different health outcomes.

The survey is part of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in collaboration with four other leading institutions: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Queensland, and the World Health Organization.

The survey will ask you to imagine different health outcomes and compare them to each other. For example: “Imagine two people – the first person is completely blind, and the second person suffers from constant intense back pain. Who is healthier overall?”

By participating in the survey, you will contribute to the scientific understanding of global health problems and ultimately enable policymakers and health care leaders to make better decisions based on stronger evidence. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and your responses will be anonymous.

The survey can be found here: http://gbdsurvey.org/ and summary survey results will be posted online at www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org upon completion of the study in 2011.