Health and Community Care

HospitalThis section contains statistics and links to sources of data on the health of people in Scotland, and NHS and Local Authority data on the provision and use of health and community care services in Scotland. More detailed statistics on health, including NHS costs and workforce, can be obtained from Information Services Division of NHS Scotland. The Scottish Public Health Observatory is also a useful source of data on public health in Scotland.


You may browse directly our Publications or Datasets list for specific information, or use the High Level Trends to view a brief overview of some of our key statistics. If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search tools on the Search Statistics page or contact us directly for more information.


The Statistical News Releases page includes those releases related to the Health and Community Care topic.


Health Analytical Services Division also produce an annually updated Fact Sheet containing a light overview of some general statistics about Health and Social Care in Scotland. The other products and analyses available through this site and Information Services Division of NHS Scotland will provide more detailed and timely evidence for those interested in subject specific statistics.

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Featured High Level Trend

Mortality Rates

Mortality rates from Scotland's leading causes of death- including cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke- are declining and stem from the impact of lifestyle improvements and improved health care.


The overall premature mortality rate in under 75s has dropped by 36%, from 686 per 100,000 in 1994 to 438 per 100,000 in 2013. This reflects a cumulative decline in cancer (26%, to 170 per 100,000), CHD (69%, to 57 per 100,000) and stroke (64%, to 20 per 100,000) mortality rates between 1994 and 2013.  Rates for other leading causes of death have also reduced, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (11%, to 25 per 100,000), accidents (32%, to 13 per 100,000) and probable suicide (13%, to 15 per 100,000).  Alcohol deaths are higher than in 1994 (by 25%) but have declined by more than a third (36%, to 21 per 100,000) since an all-time peak in 2006.


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Health and Community Care statistics in more detail

More detailed statistics on health, including NHS costs and workforce, can be obtained from Information Services Division of NHS Scotland.

Recent statistical publications on Health and Community Care, including background information, and other selected sources

Information across the whole range of health and social care services for adults in Scotland

Data Suppliers
Guidance and forms for our data suppliers

Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Health and Community Care statistical collections

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information

Our contact information