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Table 1 Scheme of combinations of care need-free life years, life years with care need and health ratio by scenario of future health development (given that life expectancy increase continues)

From: Expansion or compression of long-term care in Germany between 2001 and 2009? A small-area decomposition study based on administrative health data

  Disability-free life years Disabled life years Health ratio
Absolute Compression =
Relative Compression
Dynamic Equilibriuma =
Relative Expansion
Absolute Expansion =
  1. Note: : decrease; ▲: increase; =: stable
  2. aWith considering the shift in the severity of morbidity, special case of “stability” that is defined by the same scenario but without considering the shift in the severity of care need