Objective: Quantifying trends in quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) by level of education in the Netherlands 2001-2011. Design: Retrospective study. Method: For this study we used data from several sources. Using regression models we estimated mortality rates and quality of life as functions of age, gender, calendar year and educational level. Quality of life was measured using the SF-6D questionnaire. In order to calculate QALE we combined estimates of mortality rates and quality of life into Sullivan's life tables. Results: Over the period 2001-2011 quality of life and survival increased at all educational levels. This resulted in an increase of QALE varying from 1.5 to 3 years depending on gender and education. QALE increased less strongly in people with lower education than in those with higher education, which to a large extent was due to widening inequalities in mortality. Conclusion: The Dutch are living longer and have a better quality of life but inequalities in QALE have increased.

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Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/98374
Journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Van Baal, P.H.M, & Gheorghe, M. (2017). We leven langer, maar ook in goede gezondheid? Ongelijkheid in voor kwaliteit van leven gecorrigeerde levensverwachting. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 161(8). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/98374