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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Updating the Classification of Determinants of
the Premature Causes of Death

In September 2013, a steering committee conducted a workshop on updating the classification of the determinants of the real causes of premature death in the United States. The workshop reviewed previous work in the field in light of new data generated from CPOP reports, Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries (2011) and U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (2013).

The workshop considered the state of the science of measuring the determinants of the causes of premature death, assess the availability and quality of data sources, and chart future courses of action to improve the understanding of the causes of premature death. The topic was further discussed in a second workshop held on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington at the facilities of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in order to gain more information to support on-going public policy discussions concerning the value of social science and behavioral research.

Sponsor: the National Institutes on Aging.


Kevin Kinsella
, Study Director

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