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High and Rising Working-Age Mortality in the US: A Report From the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Citation

Harris, Kathleen Mullan; Woolf, Steven H.; & Gaskin, Darrell J. (2021). High and Rising Working-Age Mortality in the US: A Report From the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. JAMA, 325(20), 2045-2046.

Abstract

Life expectancy has increased in the US and in the world for the past century. In 2010, life expectancy plateaued in the US while continuing to increase in other high-income nations. In the US, life expectancy declined for 3 consecutive years (2015-2017) due primarily to an increase in mortality among working-age adults (those aged 25-64 years). Although the increase in mortality was first described among White middle-aged adults, mortality is now increasing among young and middle-aged adults and in all racial groups. This increase in premature death, claiming lives during the prime working ages, has important implications for individuals, families, communities, employers, and the nation.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.4073

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Viewpoint

Year Published

2021

Journal Title

JAMA

Author(s)

Harris, Kathleen Mullan
Woolf, Steven H.
Gaskin, Darrell J.

Continent/Country

United States of America

State

Nonspecific