Talk:Years of potential life lost

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It would be great to add some statistics of YPLL by sex and country. The stats for 2000 are available from the OECD in spreadsheet form.[1] Is there a more recent source somewhere?

Ezra Klein writes about YPLL a bit in comparing different health care systems in his Health of Nation series.[2] Is the use of this statistic an important part of health care debates, are is that specific to him? What are the pros and cons of YPLL versus alternative measures of healthcare outcomes? Crust 15:04, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

More recent data by sex and country may be found from the spreadsheet you can download here (see the PYLL tabs). Depending on the country, the data is current through up to 2006. I think it would be nice to add a table of such data by country and gender. An update is due to be released on June 30, 2009. Crust (talk) 22:25, 23 June 2009 (UTC)


I added a table comparing recent data across countries. It might be nice to also add graphs showing how the numbers ave changed over time for individual countries (the data go back to 1960). Crust (talk) 23:44, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
It would be good to make clear what the reference age used was for the table. As the article notes, the reference age should always be included in reporting PYLL. In particular, if the reference ages used for the different countries are different, then the table is highly misleading. Hopefully that's not the case. -- Spireguy (talk) 21:00, 13 September 2011 (UTC)