Head of Health Analysis Branch
Telephone: +44(0)1633 455865
Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical breakdown: Other
Survey name(s): Census
Females spend more of their life with a disability compared with males, showing gender inequality in disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) across England.
Generally people living in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the North of England live more years with a disability compared to those in CCGs in the South.
Differences in DFLE are not solely confined to the North-South divide; males and females living in NHS Tower Hamlets.
The CCG with the largest difference between males and females in the proportion of life spent disability free is NHS Bradford City; 6.4 percentage points at birth and 9.6 at age 50.
At age 65 London based CCGs NHS Brent and NHS Harrow have the largest difference between males and females in the proportion of life spent disability free (8.7 percentage points).
Life expectancy (LE) is an important outcome measure of mortality among an area’s residents; however, alone it does not tell us anything about the health related quality of life of these years. Disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) figures, which are based on subjective self-assessed disability evaluations, add value to life expectancy estimates by calculating the average lifetime spent without a disability which limits a persons day-to-day activities.