Conclusions and Future Directions

  • Jean-Marie RobineEmail author
  • Eileen M. Crimmins
  • Carol Jagger
  • Yasuhiko Saito
  • Renata Tiene De Carvalho Yokota
  • Herman Van Oyen
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 9)


This collection of research on health expectancy from the REVES network refreshes the knowledge gained since the first REVES book, Determining Health Expectancies, published in 2003. As well as presenting substantive findings on trends and inequalities in health expectancies from around the world, it includes chapters that also document the newer methodology that has developed, as well as the enormous increase in the use of health expectancies in public policy. Notable among the latter is Healthy Life Years (HLY), the first pan-European health indicator, instituted in 2004 based on questions developed by the Euro-REVES network, and, since that time, supported analytically by REVES members. That a number of other countries, including Japan (see Chap.  14), Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan (Hsaio et al. 2019), Vietnam, and India (Kerala), have also used the GALI question that underlies HLY, is testament to the pursuit of global harmonisation of measures, one of the main pillars of REVES.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Marie Robine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eileen M. Crimmins
    • 2
  • Carol Jagger
    • 3
  • Yasuhiko Saito
    • 4
  • Renata Tiene De Carvalho Yokota
    • 5
    • 6
  • Herman Van Oyen
    • 5
    • 7
  1. 1.Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) and Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Davis School of GerontologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Population Health Sciences InstituteNewcastle UniversityNewcastle-upon-TyneUK
  4. 4.College of EconomicsNihon UniversityTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, SciensanoBrusselsBelgium
  6. 6.Department of Sociology, Interface DemographyVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  7. 7.Department of Public Health and Primary CareGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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