Health expectancies in the European Union: same concept, different methods, different results

Last updated on 15-12-2021 by Brecht Devleesschauwer

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Background Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is a population health measure that combines mortality and morbidity, which can be calculated using different methods. In this study, we aimed to assess the correlation, reliability and (dis)agreement between two estimates monitored in the European Union (EU), that is, the European Commission’s HLE based on self-perceived health (SPH-HLE) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s HLE based on disability weight (DW-HLE), by sex, and comparing these results with LE and proportion of life spent in good health (%GH). Methods We performed a…

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