The intention of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 is to inform and to provide guidance to some public policies. This Working Paper points out some shortcomings of the Study, both as to method and as to usefulness for national policies, by means of a critique of the formation of the weights that compose the indicators. The people who issued judgments on the health states do not represent the populations of their countries; moreover, one cannot know what kind of social and ethnic strata, ages, professions and occupations, or levels of education, they may represent. Also, the data of the Study are not suitable for comparing the progress of the policies of a country in time, because the weights embedded in the indicators lack acceptable quality.
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