This guest editorial sets out the main arguments against using \"burden of disease\" (BOD) in priority setting when allocating scarce healthcare resources. The authors identify two prime reasons for this: first, that using BOD calculations in setting priorities is likely to lead to inefficient and inequitable resource use in health care; and secondly, that calculating BOD figure is an inefficient use of very scarce analytical resources in health care, particularly in developing countries.
Mooney, G.; Wiseman, V. Guest editorial: Burden of disease and priority setting. Health Economics (2000) 9 (5) 369-372. [DOI: 10.1002/1099-1050(200007)9:5369::AID-HEC5363.0.CO;2-D]