Life expectancy as a summary of mortality in a population: statistical considerations and suitability for use by health authorities.

@article{Silcocks2001LifeEA,
  title={Life expectancy as a summary of mortality in a population: statistical considerations and suitability for use by health authorities.},
  author={Paul B S Silcocks and D. A. Jenner and Rajabi Reza},
  journal={Journal of epidemiology and community health},
  year={2001},
  volume={55 1},
  pages={38-43}
}
OBJECTIVE To investigate the sampling distribution and usefulness of expectation of life in comparisons of mortality at health district level or below. DESIGN Derivation of a formula for the variance of the expectation of life, confirmation of the result and generation of the sampling distribution by Monte Carlo simulation; comparison of expectation of life with standardised mortality ratio (SMR) and other summary indices of mortality. SETTING A health district in Trent Region, England… CONTINUE READING

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