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Disability-free life expectancy is the average number of years an individual is expected to live free of disability if current patterns of mortality and disability continue to apply.

This indicator has been developed in a number of OECD countries since the 1970's, and available estimates are reported here.


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

- functional limitation-free life expectancy, and

- activity restriction-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 Tuesday, March 4, 2003