Determining Health Expectancies

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Jean-Marie Robine, Carol Jagger, Colin D. Mathers, Eileen M. Crimmins, Richard M. Suzman
Wiley, Jan 6, 2003 - Medical - 444 pages
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Health expectancies were developed to address the important question of whether or not we are exchanging longer life for poorer health - replacing quality by quantity.
Health expectancies extend the concept of life expectancy to morbidity and disability by providing a means of dividing life expectancy into life spent in various states of good and bad health. Being independent of the size of populations and of their age structure, health expectancies thus allow direct comparison of the different groups that constitute populations: sexes, socio-professional categories, regions.

This book brings together for the first time, the major works of REVES* over the past ten years. As well as providing comparisons of the health of many of the world's countries, the book includes sections on the concepts behind health expectancies and the demographic transition, the relevance of health expectancies to health policy and the different methods of calculating health expectancies.

*REVES is an international organisation of researchers, clinicians and health planners addressing these issues as well as developing and recommending methods of calculation and furthering the use of health expectancy as a tool for health planning.
* State-of-the-art coverage of this important health indicator
* Heavily cross referenced to give the book structure and coherence
* Editors are pioneers in the field of health expectancy

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Jean-Marie Robine is a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research within the "CERMES Research group" in Paris and the "MMDN lab" in Montpellier where he heads the research team "Biodemography of longevity and vitality". He studies human longevity, with the aim of understanding the relations between health and longevity. Since its creation in 1989, he has been the coordinator of the "International Network on Health Expectancy" (REVES) which brings together more some 100 researchers worldwide. He is the project leader of the Joint Action European Life and Health Expectancy Information System which provides analysis of disability-free life expectancies in the European Union (Healthy Life Years-HLY). He is co-responsible for the development of the "International Database on Longevity" (IDL) in association with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock) and INED (Paris). He is one of the principal investigators of the "Genetic of Healthy Ageing" project (GEHA) and the project leader of the healthy longevity project granted by AXA Research Fund: the" Five-Country Oldest Old Project" (5-COOP).

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