The use of the Gompertz function to relate changes in life expectancy to the standardized mortality ratio.

@article{Haybittle1998TheUO,
  title={The use of the Gompertz function to relate changes in life expectancy to the standardized mortality ratio.},
  author={J. L. Haybittle},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={27 5},
  pages={885-9}
}
BACKGROUND Change in life expectancy may be more readily appreciated by a lay person as a measure of risk than the standardized mortality ratio (SMR). METHODS The linear increase in the logarithm of the age-specific mortality rates with age (the Gompertz function) is used to deduce formulae connecting SMR with change in life expectancy. Their validity is checked by a comparison between the 1992 and 1952 mortality data for England and Wales, and between smokers and non-smokers in the American… CONTINUE READING

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