The five leading causes of death for Navajo males and females are analyzed by life table methods. Navajo male and female life expectancy at birth were 58.8 and 71.8 years, respectively. The greatest increase in Navajo male life expectancy would result from the elimination of motor vehicle accidents (5.17 years at birth, and 3.11 years for working ages 15-65). The life expectancy of Navajo females would be lengthened the most (3.70 years) by elimination of circulatory system disease. For working-ages gains for both sexes, however, the greatest benefit would result from elimination of motor vehicle accidents. The implications of the results are discussed in relation to the various public health programs and health planning efforts for the Navajo nation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science