Understanding Cross-National Health Differences Among High-Income Countries

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Public Health, Aging
Boards: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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Activity Description

A National Research Council (NRC) and IOM committee is examining what is known about international differences among high-income countries in measures of health and disability over the life-cycle and what implications those findings have on public health. The study follows a 2011 NRC report which found that life expectancy at age 50 had been increasing at a slower pace in the United States than in other high-income countries. This committee will describe the sources, purpose and limitations of international health comparisons as well as determine to what extent the reported health disadvantage holds true across various age ranges.