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Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

Field of Expertise:
Burden of disease, patient-reported health outcomes, health economic techniques

The Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Research Unit conducts several research projects relating to disease prevention and burden including risk factors epidemiology, lifestyle changes, risk management, physical activity at work and psychosocial risk factors.

The Unit is in close collaboration with the Belgian institute for health Sciensano (Brussels), the National Research Centre for the Working Environment Copenhagen, Jožef Stefan Institute Ljubljana, Imperial College London, Karolinska Institute Stockholm and University of Galway, with whom it shares several projects on the epidemiology and prevention of major health problems in developed and developing countries.

Within the faculty of Medicine and Health sciences, the department of Public Health and Primary Care is internationally renowned for its research in health economics and epidemiology. The research of Prof. Delphine De Smedt, associate Professor, is mainly focused on the burden of disease, patient-reported health outcomes and health economic techniques. She has experience in developing health economics models in different chronic disease areas.

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