The Life Table pp 269-281 | Cite as

Use of demographic tools in the assessment of the health level of populations

  • Emmanuelle Cambois
  • Jean-Marie Robine
Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 11)


The increase in the length of life, resulting from a drop in mortality, gives rise to questions on its limits and consequences. Life expectancy is at the heart of research developed to answer these questions; it allows to summarize, within a single synthetic value, the conditions of mortality prevailing at the time of the study. Life expectancy, as a period indicator, provides the average number of years that one, at a certain age, could expect to live under current conditions of mortality. Repeated calculation of such indicators provides the possibility to assess the evolution of these conditions. Thus the increase in life expectancy testifies, quantitatively, to the improvement in mortality conditions by accounting for the years of life gained.


Life Table Initial Cohort Period Prevalence Health Expectancy Healthy Life Expectancy 
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