Alan Lopez

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Affiliation: University of Queensland
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. pmc Counting the dead and what they died from: an assessment of the global status of cause of death data
    Colin D Mathers
    Evidence and Information for Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Bull World Health Organ 83:171-7. 2005
  2. ncbi request reprint Contemporary patterns of Pacific Island mortality
    Richard Taylor
    School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 34:207-14. 2005
  3. pmc Mortality trends in Tonga: an assessment based on a synthesis of local data
    Sione Hufanga
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 10:14. 2012
  4. pmc Mortality and cause-of-death reporting and analysis systems in seven Pacific Island countries
    Karen L Carter
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia
    BMC Public Health 12:436. 2012
  5. pmc Causes of death in Tonga: quality of certification and implications for statistics
    Karen Carter
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 10:4. 2012
  6. pmc Modeling causes of death: an integrated approach using CODEm
    Kyle J Foreman
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 10:1. 2012
  7. pmc Robust metrics for assessing the performance of different verbal autopsy cause assignment methods in validation studies
    Christopher Jl Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 9:28. 2011
  8. pmc Population Health Metrics Research Consortium gold standard verbal autopsy validation study: design, implementation, and development of analysis datasets
    Christopher Jl Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 9:27. 2011
  9. pmc Cause-specific mortality patterns among hospital deaths in Thailand: validating routine death certification
    Junya Pattaraarchachai
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:12. 2010
  10. pmc Estimated causes of death in Thailand, 2005: implications for health policy
    Yawarat Porapakkham
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:14. 2010

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  1. pmc Counting the dead and what they died from: an assessment of the global status of cause of death data
    Colin D Mathers
    Evidence and Information for Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Bull World Health Organ 83:171-7. 2005
    ..We sought to assess the current status of global data on death registration and to examine several indicators of data completeness and quality...
  2. ncbi request reprint Contemporary patterns of Pacific Island mortality
    Richard Taylor
    School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 34:207-14. 2005
    ..Available mortality data generally underestimate death rates among both children and adults. In many Pacific Island populations, little is reliably known about levels and causes of death, particularly among adults...
  3. pmc Mortality trends in Tonga: an assessment based on a synthesis of local data
    Sione Hufanga
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 10:14. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  4. pmc Mortality and cause-of-death reporting and analysis systems in seven Pacific Island countries
    Karen L Carter
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia
    BMC Public Health 12:436. 2012
    ..To address rapidly changing health profiles, countries would require mortality statistics from routine death registration given their relatively small population sizes...
  5. pmc Causes of death in Tonga: quality of certification and implications for statistics
    Karen Carter
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 10:4. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  6. pmc Modeling causes of death: an integrated approach using CODEm
    Kyle J Foreman
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 10:1. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  7. pmc Robust metrics for assessing the performance of different verbal autopsy cause assignment methods in validation studies
    Christopher Jl Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 9:28. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  8. pmc Population Health Metrics Research Consortium gold standard verbal autopsy validation study: design, implementation, and development of analysis datasets
    Christopher Jl Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
    Popul Health Metr 9:27. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  9. pmc Cause-specific mortality patterns among hospital deaths in Thailand: validating routine death certification
    Junya Pattaraarchachai
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:12. 2010
    ..This paper reports findings from a study to measure validity of registered diagnoses in a sample of deaths that occurred in hospitals in Thailand during 2005...
  10. pmc Estimated causes of death in Thailand, 2005: implications for health policy
    Yawarat Porapakkham
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:14. 2010
    ..Detailed investigations of a sample of deaths in and out of hospital were carried out to identify misclassification of causes and thus derive a best estimate of national mortality patterns by age, sex, and cause of death...
  11. pmc Cause-of-death ascertainment for deaths that occur outside hospitals in Thailand: application of verbal autopsy methods
    Warangkana Polprasert
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:13. 2010
    ..Routine implementation of standardized, rigorous verbal autopsy methods is a potential solution. This paper reports findings from field research conducted to develop, test, and validate the use of verbal autopsy (VA) methods in Thailand...
  12. pmc Verifying causes of death in Thailand: rationale and methods for empirical investigation
    Chalapati Rao
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 8:11. 2010
    ..This paper reports the rationale, methods, and broad results from a comprehensive study to verify registered causes in Thailand...
  13. pmc Mortality in Central Java: results from the indonesian mortality registration system strengthening project
    Chalapati Rao
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, 288, Herston Road, Herston, QLD 4006 Australia
    BMC Res Notes 3:325. 2010
    ..abstract:..
  14. pmc Gender differentials in the evolution of cigarette smoking habits in a general European adult population from 1993-2003
    Michael C Costanza
    Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Geneva University Hospitals, 25, Rue Micheli du Crest, CH 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland
    BMC Public Health 6:130. 2006
    ..Describe the recent evolution of cigarette smoking habits by gender in Geneva, where incidence rates of lung cancer have been declining in men but increasing in women...
  15. ncbi request reprint Health and health-research priorities: has WHO got it right?
    Alan Lopez
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4006, Australia
    Lancet 372:1525-7. 2008
  16. ncbi request reprint Global and regional burden of disease and risk factors, 2001: systematic analysis of population health data
    Alan D Lopez
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4006, Australia
    Lancet 367:1747-57. 2006
    ..Our aim was to calculate the global burden of disease and risk factors for 2001, to examine regional trends from 1990 to 2001, and to provide a starting point for the analysis of the Disease Control Priorities Project (DCPP)...
  17. ncbi request reprint Commentary: Estimating the causes of child deaths
    Alan D Lopez
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 32:1052-3. 2003
  18. ncbi request reprint Keeping count: births, deaths, and causes of death
    Alan D Lopez
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4006, Australia
    Lancet 370:1744-6. 2007
  19. ncbi request reprint Measuring the global burden of disease and epidemiological transitions: 2002-2030
    A D Lopez
    School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Public Health Building, Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, QLD 4006, Australia
    Ann Trop Med Parasitol 100:481-99. 2006
    ....
  20. pmc Differential mortality in Iran
    Ardeshir Khosravi
    School of Population Health University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Popul Health Metr 5:7. 2007
    ..These data can be used to investigate the nature and extent of differences in mortality in Iran. The objective of this paper is to estimate provincial differences in the level of mortality using this death registration system...
  21. ncbi request reprint When civil registration is inadequate: interim methods for generating vital statistics
    Carla AbouZahr
    Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Australia
    Pac Health Dialog 18:215-30. 2012
    ..In addition, sentinel or sample registration systems should help strengthen the capacity of the health system to correctly certify the causes of death for each decedent...
  22. ncbi request reprint Design options for sample-based mortality surveillance
    Stephen Begg
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 34:1080-7. 2005
    ..This paper provides methods for addressing appropriate sample size considerations in relation to mortality surveillance, with particular reference to situations in which prior information on mortality is lacking...
  23. doi request reprint Burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: the Indigenous health gap
    Theo Vos
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 38:470-7. 2009
    ..Disparities in health status between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the total Australian population have been documented in a fragmentary manner using disparate health outcome measures...
  24. ncbi request reprint Burden of disease and injury in Australia in the new millennium: measuring health loss from diseases, injuries and risk factors
    Stephen J Begg
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Med J Aust 188:36-40. 2008
    ..To describe the magnitude and distribution of health problems in Australia, in order to identify key opportunities for health gain...
  25. ncbi request reprint Validation of cause-of-death statistics in urban China
    Chalapati Rao
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland Public Health Building, Herston Road, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia
    Int J Epidemiol 36:642-51. 2007
    ..We report results from a validation of cause of death statistics from health facilities in urban China...
  26. pmc Mortality in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1964-2004
    Ardeshir Khosravi
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Bull World Health Organ 85:607-14. 2007
    ....
  27. pmc Evaluating national cause-of-death statistics: principles and application to the case of China
    Chalapati Rao
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia
    Bull World Health Organ 83:618-25. 2005
    ..This framework of criteria-based evaluation is recommended for the evaluation of national mortality data in developing countries to determine their utility and to guide efforts to improve their value for guiding policy...
  28. pmc Global comparative assessments of life expectancy: the impact of migration with reference to Australia
    Andrew Page
    School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Bull World Health Organ 85:474-81. 2007
    ....
  29. ncbi request reprint The way forward
    Carla AbouZahr
    Health Metrics Network, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Lancet 370:1791-9. 2007
    ....
  30. ncbi request reprint Can we achieve Millennium Development Goal 4? New analysis of country trends and forecasts of under-5 mortality to 2015
    Christopher J L Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
    Lancet 370:1040-54. 2007
    ..We aimed to develop new reproducible methods and reanalyse existing data to elucidate detailed time trends...
  31. pmc Setting international standards for verbal autopsy
    Frank Baiden
    Bull World Health Organ 85:570-1. 2007
  32. ncbi request reprint Healthy life expectancy: comparison of OECD countries in 2001
    Colin D Mathers
    Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
    Aust N Z J Public Health 27:5-11. 2003
    ..To compare average levels of population health for Australia and other OECD countries in 2001...
  33. ncbi request reprint Global burden of disease 2005: call for collaborators
    Christopher J L Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
    Lancet 370:109-10. 2007
  34. ncbi request reprint Evidence and information for health policy: a decade of change
    Alan D Lopez
    Med J Aust 179:396-7. 2003
  35. ncbi request reprint Estimates of global mortality attributable to smoking in 2000
    Majid Ezzati
    Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Lancet 362:847-52. 2003
    ..Smoking is a risk factor for several diseases and has been increasing in many developing countries. Our aim was to estimate global and regional mortality in 2000 caused by smoking, including an analysis of uncertainty...
  36. ncbi request reprint Child survival
    Paul R Kowal
    Lancet 362:915. 2003
  37. pmc Estimating population cause-specific mortality fractions from in-hospital mortality: validation of a new method
    Christopher J L Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    PLoS Med 4:e326. 2007
    ..We propose a method to estimate population cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMFs) using data already collected in many middle-income and some low-income developing nations, yet rarely used: in-hospital death records...
  38. ncbi request reprint Causes of cancer in the world: comparative risk assessment of nine behavioural and environmental risk factors
    Goodarz Danaei
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Lancet 366:1784-93. 2005
    ..In this report, we estimate mortality from 12 types of cancer attributable to nine risk factors in seven World Bank regions for 2001...
  39. ncbi request reprint Validation of verbal autopsy procedures for adult deaths in China
    Gonghuan Yang
    Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 5, Dong Dan San Tiao, 100005 Beijing, China
    Int J Epidemiol 35:741-8. 2006
    ..A new international VA form is being considered for data collection in China, but it first needs to be validated to determine its operating characteristics...
  40. pmc Distribution of major health risks: findings from the Global Burden of Disease study
    Anthony Rodgers
    School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand
    PLoS Med 1:e27. 2004
    ..The distribution of risk-factor-attributable disease burden, for example by age or exposure level, can inform the selection and targeting of specific interventions and programs, and increase cost-effectiveness...
  41. pmc Should data from demographic surveillance systems be made more widely available to researchers?
    Daniel Chandramohan
    Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
    PLoS Med 5:e57. 2008
    ..This debate is further discussed in this month's Editorial...
  42. ncbi request reprint Selected major risk factors and global and regional burden of disease
    Majid Ezzati
    Risk, Resources and Environmental Management Division, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA
    Lancet 360:1347-60. 2002
    ..Our aim was to estimate the contributions of selected major risk factors to global and regional burden of disease in a unified framework...
  43. ncbi request reprint Adult mortality: time for a reappraisal
    Emmanuela Gakidou
    Evidence and Information for Policy GPE EBD, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
    Int J Epidemiol 33:710-7. 2004
    ....
  44. pmc Global and regional estimates of cancer mortality and incidence by site: II. Results for the global burden of disease 2000
    Kenji Shibuya
    Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    BMC Cancer 2:37. 2002
    ..We present the detailed estimates of mortality and incidence by site as the basis for the future estimation of cancer burden for the Global Burden of Disease 2000 study...
  45. pmc Global and regional estimates of cancer mortality and incidence by site: I. Application of regional cancer survival model to estimate cancer mortality distribution by site
    Colin D Mathers
    Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    BMC Cancer 2:36. 2002
    ..For regions where information on the distribution of cancer deaths is not available, a site-specific survival model was developed to estimate the distribution of cancer deaths by site...
  46. ncbi request reprint Global patterns of healthy life expectancy for older women
    Colin D Mathers
    Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    J Women Aging 14:99-117. 2002
    ..We discuss the implications of the findings for international health policy...
  47. ncbi request reprint Estimates of global and regional potential health gains from reducing multiple major risk factors
    Majid Ezzati
    Risk, Resources, and Environmental Management Division, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA
    Lancet 362:271-80. 2003
    ..But few such investigations have been attempted, and none on a global scale. Our aim was to estimate the potential health benefits from removal of multiple major risk factors...
  48. ncbi request reprint Targeted approaches for reducing inequities in chronic disease
    Andrew J Wilson
    Med J Aust 179:231-2. 2003
  49. pmc Monitoring global health: time for new solutions
    Christopher J L Murray
    Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Harvard University, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    BMJ 329:1096-100. 2004
  50. pmc Epidemiological evidence: improving validity through consistency analysis
    Colin D Mathers
    Bull World Health Organ 80:611. 2002
  51. pmc Sample registration of vital events with verbal autopsy: a renewed commitment to measuring and monitoring vital statistics
    Philip W Setel
    Department of Epidemiology and MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA
    Bull World Health Organ 83:611-7. 2005
    ..If the global community wishes to have mortality measurements 5 or 10 years hence, the foundation stones of SVR must be laid today...
  52. ncbi request reprint Social inequalities in male mortality, and in male mortality from smoking: indirect estimation from national death rates in England and Wales, Poland, and North America
    Prabhat Jha
    Centre for Global Health Research, St Michael s Hospital, Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto M5C1N8, Canada
    Lancet 368:367-70. 2006
    ..Smoking is often more prevalent among men of lower social class, education, or income. The contribution of smoking to these social inequalities in mortality remains uncertain...
  53. pmc Core verbal autopsy procedures with comparative validation results from two countries
    Philip W Setel
    MEASURE Evaluation Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
    PLoS Med 3:e268. 2006
    ..The development and validation of core verbal autopsy forms and suitable coding and tabulation procedures are an essential first step to extending the benefits of this method...
  54. pmc Rethinking the "diseases of affluence" paradigm: global patterns of nutritional risks in relation to economic development
    Majid Ezzati
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    PLoS Med 2:e133. 2005
    ....
  55. ncbi request reprint Estimation of potential global pandemic influenza mortality on the basis of vital registry data from the 1918-20 pandemic: a quantitative analysis
    Christopher J L Murray
    Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Lancet 368:2211-8. 2006
    ..Our aim was to use high-quality vital registration data gathered during the 1918-20 pandemic to estimate global mortality should such a pandemic occur today...
  56. pmc Estimating cause-specific mortality from community- and facility-based data sources in the United Republic of Tanzania: options and implications for mortality burden estimates
    David R Whiting
    MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
    Bull World Health Organ 84:940-8. 2006
    ....
  57. ncbi request reprint Statistical modeling and projections of lung cancer mortality in 4 industrialized countries
    Kenji Shibuya
    Measurement and Health Information Systems, Evidence and Information for Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Int J Cancer 117:476-85. 2005
    ..Future sex differences in lung cancer mortality are likely to be greater in North America than Australia and the UK due to differences in exposure patterns between the sexes...
  58. ncbi request reprint Reductions in child mortality levels and inequalities in Thailand: analysis of two censuses
    Patama Vapattanawong
    Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Lancet 369:850-5. 2007
    ..We aimed to measure changes in child-mortality inequalities by household-level socioeconomic strata of the Thai population between 1990 and 2000...
  59. ncbi request reprint Estimating mortality and causes of death in Turkey: methods, results and policy implications
    Seval Akgun
    Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
    Eur J Public Health 17:593-9. 2007
    ..This article discusses the application of innovative methods to develop national mortality estimates in Turkey, and their implications for national health development policies...
  60. pmc Evaluation of the quality of cause of death statistics in rural China using verbal autopsies
    Lijun Wang
    National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China
    J Epidemiol Community Health 61:519-26. 2007
    ..In this system, there are no standard procedures or instruments for ascertaining causes of death; hence available statistics require careful evaluation before use...
  61. ncbi request reprint Epidemiologic transition interrupted: a reassessment of mortality trends in Thailand, 1980-2000
    Kenneth Hill
    Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, MA, USA
    Int J Epidemiol 36:374-84. 2007
    ..The extent to which the epidemic has slowed or possibly reversed the epidemiological transition in Thailand is relatively unknown...
  62. ncbi request reprint Role of smoking in global and regional cancer epidemiology: current patterns and data needs
    Majid Ezzati
    Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Int J Cancer 116:963-71. 2005
    ..This variability illustrates the importance of coupling research and surveillance of smoking with that for other risk factors for more effective cancer prevention...
  63. pmc Improving diet and physical activity: 12 lessons from controlling tobacco smoking
    Derek Yach
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
    BMJ 330:898-900. 2005
  64. ncbi request reprint Validity of verbal autopsy procedures for determining cause of death in Tanzania
    Philip W Setel
    Department of Epidemiology and MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA
    Trop Med Int Health 11:681-96. 2006
    ..Verbal autopsy is an important method for deriving cause-specific mortality estimates where disease burdens are greatest and routine cause-specific mortality data do not exist...
  65. pmc Validation of the symptom pattern method for analyzing verbal autopsy data
    Christopher J L Murray
    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    PLoS Med 4:e327. 2007
    ..In this study we develop and validate a statistical strategy for analyzing VA data that overcomes the limitations of PCVA...