How have trends in lifespan variation changed since 1950? A comparative study of 17 Western European countries

Seaman, R. , Leyland, A. and Popham, F. (2016) How have trends in lifespan variation changed since 1950? A comparative study of 17 Western European countries. European Journal of Public Health, 26(2), pp. 360-362. (doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv185) (PMID:26614636) (PMCID:PMC4804734)

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Lifespan variation adds to life expectancy by measuring the inequality surrounding age of death that a population faces. Countries that tackle premature mortality generally have decreasing lifespan variation but this is the first study to compare and statistically assess when and to what extent trends in lifespan variation have changed across Western Europe. Lifespan variation was measured using e† and joinpoint regression analysed the timing and rate of change. Trends have been mostly downward with the recent exception of men in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Finland where trends have flattened or show slight increases. Future research aimed at identifying the ages and causes of death, driving trends in these countries, is key to preventing increasing inequalities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Popham, Dr Frank and Leyland, Professor Alastair and Seaman, Dr Rosie
Authors: Seaman, R., Leyland, A., and Popham, F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal of Public Health
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1464-360X
Published Online:27 November 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Public Health 2015
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656601Measuring Health, Variations in Health and Determinants of HealthAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/5IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
656621Social Patterning of Health over the LifecourseTimothy PophamMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/7IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727651SPHSU Core Renewal: Measuring and Analysing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Research ProgrammeAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/13IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU