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  1. Potential years of life lost : what is the denominator ?

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    To suggest an appropriate denominator for use with the statistic « potential years of life lost », in order to facilitate valid comparisons between health authorities.

    Design

    Analysis of OPCS population and mortality data for the period 1987-91.

    Setting

    Data for Wales were analysed to provide comparisons between the nine district health authorities.

    Subjects

    There were 46 139 males and 30 258 females - that is, all deaths of Welsh residents, aged under 75 years, during the period 1987-91.

    Main results

    The use of age sensitive denominators with the potential years of life lost statistic alters the rank position of Welsh district health authorities.

    Conclusion

    It is suggested that potential years of life lost should be expressed as a rate per 100000 potential years of life in public health common data sets, and elsewhere, to facilitate valid comparisons between health authorities.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Méthode statistique, Epidémiologie, Méthodologie, Etude comparative, Homme, Année potentielle vie perdue

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Statistical method, Epidemiology, Methodology, Comparative study, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0424575

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 01/03/1996.