Received: 30 March 2020
Accepted: 17 July 2020
First Online: 23 July 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval was not required. Formal permission to access the EHIS databased was obtained from the Directorate of Health Information and Research, Ministry of Health, Malta.
: Not applicable.
: SC and NC are the Malta management committee members of the COST (ExternalRef removed) action CA18218 (European Burden of Disease Network). GW is a substitute management committee member for the UK. BD is the Action Chair and the Belgian management committee member of the COST The other author declare that she has no competing interests.