Conclusions and Future Directions
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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.
- Jagger, C., McKee, M., Christensen, K., et al. (2013). Mind the gap-reaching the European target of a 2-year increase in healthy life years in the next decade. European Journal of Public Health, 23(5), 829–833. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckt030.
- Office for National Statistics. (2019). National life tables, UK: 2015 to 2017. Statistical Bulletin. Available at: https://cy.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/bulletins/nationallifetablesunitedkingdom/2015to2017. Accessed 28 Aug 2019.