Print Email Facebook Twitter Trends in disability-free life expectancy Title Trends in disability-free life expectancy Author Perenboom, R.J.M. van Herten, L.M. Boshuizen, H.C. van den Bos, G.A.M. Publication year 2004 Abstract Purpose: To assess trends in Disability-Free Life Expectancy, in life expectancy with disabilities according to levels of severity and in Disability-Adjusted Life Expectancy in the Netherlands between 1989 and 2000. Method: The disability-free life expectancy, a composite population health status measure, was calculated with data on long-term disability. Weights reflecting the impact of disability on personal functioning were assigned to different levels of severity of disability, in order to calculate a Disability-Adjusted Life Expectancy and to define cut-off points, in order to distinguish between levels of severity. Results: At an aggregated level, for both males and females at the ages of 16 and of 65 years, an increase in years with disabilities and a decline in disability-free life expectancy were observed. These trends were mainly caused by a rise in the number of years with mild disabilities, with the number of years with moderate and severe disabilities decreasing. The combined changes have resulted in an increase in the Disability-Adjusted Life Expectancy. Conclusion: Trends in disability-free life expectancy and in years with disabilities provide support for a scenario of dynamic equilibrium. The number of years with moderate and severe disabilities has reduced, resulting in an increase in the number of years with minor disabilities. Further research should focus on the underlying causes of the increase of years with minor disabilities. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd. Subject adultcontrolled studydata analysisdisease severitygroups by agehealth statuslongitudinal studyphysical disabilitypopulation researchquality adjusted life yearsex differenceAdolescentAgedDisabled PersonsFemaleHealth Status IndicatorsHumansLife ExpectancyMaleNetherlands To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:673109da-a940-49b4-b8f7-2caddb99e019 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0963828032000174098 TNO identifier 237710 ISSN 0963-8288 Source Disability and Rehabilitation, 26 (7), 377-386 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.