Journal article

Measuring inequalities in health: the case for healthy life expectancy

Rachael Wood, Matt Sutton, David Clark, Amy McKeon, Marion Bain

JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate healthy life expectancy (HLE) as a measure of health inequalities by comparing geographical and area-based deprivation-related inequalities in healthy and total life expectancy (TLE). DESIGN: Life table analysis based on ecological cross-sectional data. SETTING AND POPULATION: Council area quarters and postcode sector-based deprivation fifths in Scotland. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Expectation of life in good self-assessed general health, or free from limiting long-term illness, and TLE, for females and males at birth. RESULTS: Women in Scotland have a life expectation of 70.3 years in good health, 61.6 years free from limiting long-term illness, and a TLE of 78.9 years. C..

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