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Summary measures of population health: methods for calculating healthy life expectancy.


This report is one of several appearing as Healthy People Statistical Notes that evaluate methodological issues pertaining to summary measures. Summary measures of population health are statistics that combine mortality and morbidity to represent overall population health in a single number--in this report, health expectancy measures. This report presents a comprehensive discussion of the methods for calculation and methodologic issues related to the interpretation of healthy life expectancy. These measures combine both mortality and morbidity using an abridged life-table procedure. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics and other sources will be used to illustrate the calculation of the statistics and the associated statistical tests.

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