Influence of different upper age limits on the "Years of Potential Life Lost" index

Eur J Epidemiol. 1992 Nov;8(6):875-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00145336.


The use of 65, 70 or 75 years as upper age limits for the "Years of Potential Life Lost" index (YPLL) could influence the relative importance assigned to different causes of premature death. Data from a representative year (1987) in Catalonia (Spain), show that health priorities and comparability among studies are not affected by the use of these upper age limits.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death*
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy*
  • Spain