- the concepts behind health expectancy and how they have evolved,
- methods of calculating health expectancies,
- comparisons of the health of the world′s countries at different stages of demographic transition and
- the relevance of health expectancies to health policy.
List of Abbreviations.
Introduction (J. Robine, et al.).
PART I: THE MAIN TRENDS IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE POPULATION′S HEALTH STATUS.
Introduction (J. Robine).
Increase in Life Expectancy and Concentration of Ages at Death (F. Meslé and J. Vallin).
Compression of Morbidity (W. Nusselder).
Patterns of Disability Change Associated with the Epidemiologic Transition (G. Myers, et al.).
Trends in Health Expectancies (J. Robine, et al.).
PART II: THE RELEVANCE OF HEALTH EXPECTANCIES.
Introduction (E. Crimmins).
Social Inequalities in Health Expectancy (E. Crimmins and E. Cabois).
Sub–national Variations in Health Expectancy (A. Bebbington and M. Bajekal).
Cause–deleted Health Expectancies (C. Mathers).
Mental Health Expectancy (K. Ritchie and C. Polge).
PART III: MEASUREMENT, COLLECTION AND CALCULATION PROBLEMS.
Introduction (C. Jagger).
Data Collection Methods and Comparability Issues (V. Buratta and V. Egidi).
Disability Measurement (D. Deeg, et al.).
The Evolution of Demographic Methods to Calculate Health Expectancies (S. Laditka and M. Hayward).
Health–adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE) (J. Berthelot).
Disability–Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) and Disability–adjusted Life Expectancy (DALE) (J. Barendregt).
Classification and Harmonisation (H. Boshuizen and R. Perenboom).
PART IV: HEALTH EXPECTANCIES IN THE DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE WORLD.
Introduction (C. Mathers).
Health Expectancy in Asian Countries (Y. Saito, et al.).
Ageing and Health Expectancies in Urban Latin America (R. Ham–Chande).
Global Patterns of Health Expectancy in the Year 2000 (C. Mathers, et al.).
Health Expectancies in European Countries (R. Perenboom, et al.).
Health Expectancy Research in North American Countries (V. Lamb).
Health Expectancy in Australia and New Zealand (P. Davis, et al.).