Summary: Religion and Health, Social Care & Sport
In 2014, after the age distribution of religion groups is taken into account, most of the apparent differences in good/very good general health disappear. Only the lower than average rates for the "Roman Catholic" and "Other" groups are significant, at 72.5% and 70.4% respectively.
In 2014, when age standardisation is applied, the apparent differences in the prevalence of long-term limiting health conditions are no longer statistically significant
In 2014, after age standardisation, the smoking rate for Church of Scotland, Other Christian and Muslims is considerably lower than the national average rate, and higher among Roman Catholics and those with no religious affiliation. Smoking rates are significantly higher for men compared with women in all religion groups except for those who identified as having 'no religion' and for Roman Catholics, where the rates for men and women are approximately equal
Source: Scottish Survey core Questions (SSCQ) 2014
- Hindus had the highest self-assessed health (92% rated their health as good or very good) whilst those who reported their religious faith as Other were the least likely to rate their health as good or very good (67%). Respondents whose religion was Church of Scotland were slightly, but significantly, more likely to rate their health as good or very good (78%) than the Scottish average (76%) and Roman Catholics were significantly less likely to do so (72%).
- People who belonged to no religious group were most likely to drink excessively (26% drank at hazardous or harmful levels) whilst Muslims (5%), Hindus (6%) and Buddhists (10%) were the least likely religious groups to do so.
Source: Scottish Health Survey Topic Report: Equality Groups
Sources: Variations in the Experience of Inpatients in Scotland: Analysis of the 2016 Inpatient Survey
Scottish Patient Experience Survey of GP and Local NHS Services 2011/12 Volume 3: Variation in the Experiences of Primary Care Patients
Inpatient Experience Survey Volume 3: Exploring differences in experience
Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015/16 - Exploring Differences in Cancer Patient Experiences
As at end March 2017, 33.8% of staff employed by NHSScotland declared their reigion as Christian. 5.8% of staff declared their religion as belonging to another faith group (Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh or Other). 19.5% declared they follow no religion, and religion is unknown or was not declared for 40.9% of staff. (Information on disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation is based on data from a self-reported questionnaire. As this is not mandatory, response rates and completion are variable across NHSScotland.)
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