Global life expectancy increased more than six years between 1990 and 2013, according to a new study led by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The study, published in The Lancet, is the first journal publication of country-specific cause-of-death data for 188 countries. More than 700 researchers from around the world contributed.
“This is an encouraging trend as people are living longer,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of IHME and professor of global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health. “We just need to make sure we are making the right health policy decisions today to prepare for the health challenges and associated costs that are coming.”
Among the study’s highlights: