health gap indicators

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Summary measures of population health that estimate the shortfall between the actual health levels of a population and what would be expected in an optimal reference state. The gap is usually measured using disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost or potential years of life lost (PYLL) usually from specific causes. These have the advantage of facilitating estimates attributable to specified diseases and risk factors but also the disadvantage that the “units of healthy time lost” may have no intrinsic meaning.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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