Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators - October 2012

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland. An annual report of headline indicators of health inequalities, including data for most indicators to 2010.

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Summary of Trends

  • Healthy life expectancy at birth: A new methodology means change over time cannot be measured, but there continues to be inequalities in both relative and absolute terms.
  • Premature Mortality (all causes, under 75 years): since 2006, inequalities have been stable in relative terms, and have fallen in absolute terms.
  • Mental Wellbeing (WEMWBS): inequalities are increasing in absolute terms but remain stable in relative terms.
  • Low birthweight: inequalities are narrowing in both absolute and relative terms.
  • Hospital admissions for heart attack (under 75 years): over time inequalities have fluctuated in both absolute and relative terms, but with no clear long-term trend
  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) deaths (45-74 years): inequalities are narrowing in absolute terms and, following a long-term increase, have begun to stabilise in relative terms.
  • Cancer incidence (under 75 years): over the long term, inequalities are stable in both absolute and relative terms.
  • Cancer deaths (45-74 years): over the long term there has been a slight increase in relative inequality, although this has been more stable since 2004. Absolute inequalities have fluctuated over time with no clear trend.
  • Alcohol - first hospital admission (under 75 years): the level of absolute inequality has fallen since 2007, while relative inequality has remained stable over the same period.
  • Alcohol - deaths (45-74 years): inequalities have reduced since a peak in 2006 in both relative and absolute terms, but remain higher than in 1998.
  • All-cause mortality (15-44 years): inequalities have grown in relative terms over the long term, but have stabilised in recent years. Absolute inequality shows no clear trend over the time.


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