Potential gain in life expectancy after partial and complete elimination of specified causes of death: An analysis of Medical Certification of Causes of Death data in India and its selected states
B.K.Gulati, Arvind Pandey, M.Ubaidullah
Information on cause of death plays an important role in mortality analysis. Knowledge about the cause of illness or death is of paramount importance for a country for upliftment of health status of people. Life table technique helps in examining the effect of specific cause of death elimination in life expectancy. One gets an idea about the gain in life expectancy if one is able to control a specific disease. The present paper aims to construct such life tables by using the data of the â€œReport on Medical Certification of Causes of Death 2003â€, Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, in India and its selected states namely, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu to find out the potential gain in life expectancy at birth after partial and complete elimination of specified causes of death. The elimination of diseases of the circulatory system yields maximum gain in life expectancy at birth in India and all the selected states. Effective intervention needs to be put in place so as to minimize the risk of the disease. Longevity may increase after partial and complete elimination of causes of death.