Health and ageing

The increasing life expectancy raises the question of the quality of the additional years of life.  This question has been extensivelly debated since the 1980’s and echoes the aging theories:

  •   the compression of morbidity",
  •  the expansion of chronic diseases and mental disorders"
  •  the dynamic equilibrium.

In this context it is crucial to monitor and analyse trends and patterns of chronic diseases, disabilities and limitations in daily activities. It is also crucial to identify the population exposed to situations of handicap and loss of autonomy.  These works explore the health perception, activity limitations, medical factors, social and family factors, needs to maintain activity and social participation as well as future needs for health care and specialized institutions.


Selection of de 10 publications :
  • Bogaert, Van Oyen, Beluche, Cambois, Robine. 2018. The use of the GALI and healthy life years by member states and the European Commission. Archives of Public Health, 76(1), 30-37.
  • Cambois, Grobon, Robine, Van Oyen. 2016. Impact of question wording on the measurement of activity limitation: evidence from a randomized test in France. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(7).
  • Cambois, Jagger, Nusselder, Van Oyen, Robine. 2016. Estimating population’s prevalence of disability: accounting or not for the institutionalized population. in: B. Altman (Ed). International Measurement of Disability: Purpose, Method and Application, Springer, pp207-229.
  • Berger, Van Oyen, Cambois, Fouweather, Jagger, Nusselder, Robine. 2015. Assessing the validity of the Global Activity Limitation Indicator in 14 European countries. BMC Medical Research Methodology 15(1).
  • Jagger, Gillies, Cambois, Van Oyen, Nusselder, Robine. 2010. The GALI measured function and disability similarly across European countries. J Clinical Epidemiology, 63 p. 892-99
  • Cox, Van Oyen, Cambois, Jagger, Le Roy, Robine, Romieu. 2009. The reliability of the Minimum European Health Module. International Journal of Public Health, (54), p. 55-60.
  • Cambois, Robine, Mormiche. 2007. Une forte baisse de l’incapacité en France dans les années 1990? Discussion autour des questions de l’enquête santé. Population, 62 (2), p. 363-386.
  • Sermet, Cambois. 2006. Measuring the state of health. In: Caselli, Vallin, Wunsch Demography: Analysis and Synthesis. A Treatise in Population (volume 2). Burlington, Elsevier, p. 13-27.
  • Cambois, Robine. 2003. Concepts et mesure de l’incapacité : définitions et application d’un modèle à la population française, Retraite et Société, 39:62-91.
  • Robine, Ravaud, Cambois. 1997. General concepts of disablement, in Hamerman. (ed.), Osteoarthritis: public health implication for an aging population, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, p. 63-83.


Selection of 10 publications :
  • Laborde, Crouzet, Carrère, Cambois. 2020. Contextual factors underpinning gegraphical inequalities in disability-free life expectancy in 100 French départements. Eur Journal of Ageing. s10433-020-00589-0
  • Cambois, Brønnum-Hansen, Hayward, Nusselder. 2020. Monitoring Social Differentials in Health Expectancies. In Jagger, Crimmins, Saito, Yokota, Van Oyen, Robine (Éds.), International Handbook of Health Expectancies. Suisse: Springer. p45-66.
  • Nusselder, Cambois, Wapperom, Meslé, Looman, Yokota, … Robine. 2019. Women’s excess unhealthy life years: disentangling the unhealthy life years gap. European Journal of Public Health, (ckz114), 1 5.
  • Cambois, Robine. 2017. L’allongement de l’espérance de vie en Europe : quelles conséquences pour l’état de santé. Revue Européenne des Sciences Sociales, 55(1):41-67.
  • Cambois, Blachier, Robine. 2012. Aging and health in France: an unexpected expansion of disability in mid-adulthood over recent years. Eur J Public Health, 23(4):575-581
  • Cambois, Laborde, Romieu, Robine. 2011. Occupational inequalities in health expectancies in France in the early 2000s: Unequal chances of reaching and living retirement in good health. Demographic Research, 25:407-436.
  • Cambois, Clavel, Robine, Romieu. 2008. Trends in Disability-Free Life Expectancy at Age 65 in France: Consistent and Diverging Patterns According to the Underlying Disability Measure. Eur J of Ageing, (5):287-298.
  • Jagger, Gillies, Moscone, Cambois, Van Oyen, Nusselder, Robine. 2008. Inequalities in Healthy life expectancies in EU25: a cross-national meta-regression analysis. Lancet, 9656(372)2124-2131.
  • Cambois E, Robine JM, Hayward M, 2001, Social inequalities in disability-free life expectancy in the French male population (1980-1991), Demography, 38(4):513-524.
  • Cambois E, Robine JM, 1996, An international comparison of trends in disability-free life expectancy, in Eisen, Sloan, Long term care: economic issues and policy solutions, Kluwer.p11-23