Global Burden of disease due to Environmental noise
Goal: The evidence base for the health effects of noise has been strengthened considerably the last decade. In terms of disease burden in Europe, environmental noise ranks second among the environmental risk factors, after air pollution. The burden of disease due to environmental noise, especially from transport, is likely to be significant also on a global scale.
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is the most comprehensive worldwide epidemiological observational study to date. The GBD study assesses the health loss due to several environmental risk factors, but environmental noise is not yet included.
The aim of this initiative is therefore to develop a method for assessing the disease burden due to environmental noise on a global scale, and to establish a strong scientific basis for including environmental noise in the GBD study. The first workshop on this topic was arranged during the ICBEN conference in 2021, with a follow up online workshop in February 2022, and further workshops are planned.