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Overall Health Status

Summary measures of population health status are statistics that combine mortality and morbidity data to represent overall population health in a single number.1 Examples of summary measures include general health status and healthy days measures from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys, life expectancy, and years of potential life lost (YPLL).

1. Molla MT, Wagener DK, Madans JH. Summary measures of population health: Methods for calculating healthy life expectancy. Healthy People Statistical Notes, no. 21. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. August 2001.

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