Healthy life expectancy and disability free life expectancy data now available in LG Inform

Data for healthy life expectancy at birth (2009-2011) and disability free life expectancy at 65 (2007-09) is now available through LG Inform.

Healthy life expectancy at birth for males and females is reported for single tier and county authority level for the period 2009-2011. Disability free life expectancy for males and females is reported at single tier and district level for the period 2007-2009. Within LG Inform you can select the authority you want to view and the group of other areas to compare with using the selector boxes at the top of the report. Data and charts can be exported from the page and used in your own reports.

Healthy life expectancy is an estimate of expected years of life spent in self-reported good health. It is used as a high level outcome to contrast and monitor the health status of different populations at specific points in time, giving context to the impacts of policy changes and interventions at both national and local levels. It complements the supporting indicators such as mortality by cause by showing the overall trends and setting the context in which local authorities can assess the other indicators and identify the drivers of healthy life expectancy.

Disability free life expectancy (DFLE) is an estimate of expected years of life spent without a self-reported limiting long-standing illness or disability. It is calculated using self-reports of activity limiting illness from survey data, and is a measure of functional health status, which has relevance for fitness for work and independent living. It is important to track the rate of improvement in DFLE against the improvement in life expectancy as this has implications for the duration of time that, on average, people will live in a favourable state of functional health.

Data for these measures is published by the Office for National Statistics, and further information on healthy life expectancy and disability free life expectancy is available from the ONS website.

Summary of data links:

Healthy life expectancy at birth (male) (2009-11)

Healthy life expectancy at birth (female) (2009-11)

Disability free life expectancy at 65 (males) (2007-09)

Disability free life expectancy at 65 (females) (2007-09)

 

 

 

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