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Health expectancy is a general term referring to the entire class of indicators expressed in terms of life expectancy in a defined state of health.

OECD Health Data provides estimates of disability- free life expectancy.

Through the international network of REVES (Réseau Espérance de vie en Santé), much work is being conducted to further develop this type of measure and to encourage more standardisation and uniformity in the calculation and methodology used to construct health expectancy.

According to the 1980 ICIDH framework, health expectancies can be differentiated into:

- Impairment-free life expectancy;
- Disability-free life expectancy

According to the REVES committee on conceptual harmonisation, the ICIDH disability-free life expectancy might be differentiated into:

-- Functional limitation-free life expectancy,
-- Activity restriction-free life expectancy,
-- Handicap-free life expectancy.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, March 05, 2003