Comparing the differences in three measures of healthy life expectancy among prefectures in Japan

Kazuya Taira, Soshiro Ogata, Kei Kamide

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: An ecological study using secondary open data from Japanese government statistics was conducted. The study aimed to verify differences in three measures of healthy life expectancy (HLE); namely, disability-free life expectancy without activity limitation (DFLE-AL), life expectancy with self-perceived health (LE-SH), and disability-free life expectancy without care need (DFLE-CN). RESULTS: Each HLE from 47 prefectures in 2010, 2013, and 2016 was extended over time. There were strong Cronbach's coefficient alpha (α) between DFLE-AL and LE-SH (Minimum α; 0.80, Maximum α; 0.90) as well as between LE and DFLE-CN (Minimum α; 0.92, Maximum α; 0.99) in both sexes in every data year. However, the other pairs had weaker associations. In regression analysis with each HLE as a dependent variable and aging rate, mortality, the proportion of unhealthy people as independent variables, the subjective unhealthy rate had significant standardized partial regression coefficients (β) in models with DFLE-AL and LE-SH as dependent variables (Minimum β; - 0.56, Maximum β; - 0.34). Therefore, DFLE-CN tended to differ from the other HLEs. The subjective unhealthy rate had a significant influence on DFLE-AL and LE-SH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05-08-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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