Volume 29 - Article 41 | Pages 1127-1152
Cause-specific measures of life years lost
|Date received:||12 Mar 2013|
|Date published:||05 Dec 2013|
|Keywords:||competing risks, cumulative incidence, life expectancy, life years lost, multiple decrement life-table|
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Background: A new measure of the number of life years lost due to specific causes of death is introduced.
Methods: This measure is based on the cumulative incidence of death, it does not require "independence" of causes, and it satisfies simple balance equations: "total number of life years lost = sum of cause-specific life years lost", and "total number of life years lost before age x + temporary life expectancy between birth and age x = x".
Results: The measure is contrasted to alternatives suggested in the demographic literature and all methods are illustrated using Danish and Russian multiple decrement life-tables.
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