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Table 1 Two approaches to mortality measurement: the PYLL and the Headcount

From: The trend in mental health-related mortality rates in Australia 1916-2004: implications for policy

Case The PYLL metric The count metric
(Given life expectancy US white women, 1940s, of 69 years)   
Death of white woman, aged 24 45 years of life 1 death
Death of white woman, aged 62 7 years of life 1 death
  1. Source: Adapted from Dempsey[20]