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Correction published on 3 November 2009, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(11), 2762.

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(9), 2387-2396; doi:10.3390/ijerph6092387

Life Years at Risk: A Population Health Measure from a Prevention Perspective

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Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909, Australia
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Health Gains Planning Branch, Department of Health and Families, Northern Territory 0909, Australia
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Received: 29 July 2008 / Accepted: 2 September 2009 / Published: 3 September 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Epidemiology)
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Abstract

This paper aims to present life years at risk (LYAR), a new measure of population health needs for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, which classifies health outcomes by care type and distinguishes between positive and negative outcomes. It is determined by the probability of ill-health event, population size and life years lost, based on expected incidence, prevalence and mortality. The LYAR consists of two components: the observed LYAR, available using disability adjusted life years, and the avoided LYAR. Three examples are given to illustrate the calculation and application of the measure. The advantages, disadvantages and policy implications are also discussed.
Keywords: health services needs and demand; risk assessment; health status indicators health services needs and demand; risk assessment; health status indicators
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Zhao, Y.; Malyon, R. Life Years at Risk: A Population Health Measure from a Prevention Perspective. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2387-2396.

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