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Long Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators, 28/10/14 [S]

The gap in health outcomes between the most deprived and least deprived areas of Scotland is reported for a variety of indicators in absolute and relative terms. The latest figures include data up to 2012.

Across the full range of indicators, relative inequalities have remained highest for the all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease mortality and alcohol-related indicators.

The difference between rates of alcohol-related death in the most and least deprived areas is currently the smallest observed in the reporting period. Inequalities in alcohol-related hospital admissions (ages under 75 years) have fallen over the long term.

For deaths among those aged under 75, despite a narrowing of the gap between rates in the most and least deprived areas, relative inequality has been stable since 2006 and increased over the longer term. Between ages 15 and 44 years, inequalities in mortality rates have reduced in the last year.

Heart attack hospital admission rates have increased in recent years and inequalities widened.

The death rate for coronary heart disease among those aged 45 to 74 years has declined considerably since 1997. The reduction has been slower in the most deprived areas of Scotland than elsewhere, resulting in increased relative inequality over the long term. However, the absolute gap between the most and least deprived areas has narrowed.

Of the four most common types of cancer, inequalities for incidence and deaths are highest for cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung.

While low birthweight inequalities have risen since 2008-2010, these remain fairly low when viewed over the long term.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Long Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators