32 The Demography of Population Health

David F. Warner, Mark D. Hayward

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This chapter provides a conceptual overview of the healthy life expectancy framework used to examine the linkages between mortality, morbidity, and disability. Because changes in these individual-level processes sometimes combine in complex ways to generate changes in population health, the healthy life expectancy framework provides a means for summarizing these complexities that allows the development of policies targeted at improving the quality of life rather than simply improvements in the overall length of life. A general description of the measures and methods used in modeling the linkages between mortality, morbidity, and disability, and thus population health, is offered. Major gaps in current knowledge are discussed, with current and potential complementarities across key lines of research identified. Demographic models of healthy life expectancy are powerful tools in understanding population health and such models might inform individual-level analyses of health disparities within a population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X


  • Data requirements
  • Disability
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Life tables
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Population aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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