The Potential Life Years Lost (PLYL) indicator has been widely used to quantify the causes of premature deaths and design public health policies, both domestically and internationally. This index measures deaths caused by:
Non-contagious diseases: Cancer; diabetes; mental disorders; neurological conditions; cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; sensory organ conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma; digestive and genitourinary diseases; skin and musculoskeletal conditions; congenital deformities, and other conditions.
Contagious diseases: Infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory infections, maternal and neonatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies.
Accidents: Traffic, poisoning, falls, fires, drowning, natural disasters, self-mutilation, interpersonal violence, collective violence and legal interventions.
Life Years Lost due to Illness or Accidents