Description:

This indicator measures how many years a person could expect to live in ‘good health’. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) uses the same population and death inputs as life expectancy in addition to self-reported health data from the annual population survey (APS).

Source of Data:

Healthy life expectancy (HLE) uses the same population and death inputs as life expectancy. In addition, it requires survey data from which to estimate prevalence of good health. These data come from the general health question in the Annual Population survey (APS). The measurement is based on an estimate of the number of people who believe themselves to be in ‘good’ or ‘very good’ general health.

Results from the Annual Population Survey are published on the Scottish Government website.

Annual population survey: results for year to 31 December 2019 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Definitions:

The use of ‘good’ or ‘very good’ answers to the general health question in the APS to estimate healthy life expectancy, in combination with population and death data follows the same methodology as ONS.

Criteria for Change:

This evaluation is based on: A change in the numbers of years males can expect to live in good health that that is significant at the 95% confidence limits or a change in the numbers of years females can expect to live in good health that that is significant at the 95% confidence limits

 

  • A significant increase either in male or female healthy life expectancy will result in the arrow showing performance improving.
  • A significant decrease either in males or females healthy life expectancy will result in the arrow showing performance worsening.
  • If there is no significant change for males or females health live expectancy the arrow will show performance maintaining

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