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High Blood Pressure: prevalence

Scottish Health Survey

The Scottish Health Survey collects information about whether respondents have been told by a doctor that they have high blood pressure. In addition blood pressure is measured for a subset of survey participants. Chart 1 (download chart and data (88Kb)) shows the estimated prevalence of high blood pressure in the adult population of Scotland in 2014/15. The figures are the percentage of survey respondents aged 16 and over who reported that their doctor had told them that they had high blood pressure. To increase the sample size available, data from the 2014 and 2015 surveys combined were used in the blood pressure analysis. The estimates exclude high blood pressure that occurred only in pregnancy. The prevalence of high blood pressure rises sharply with age in both sexes. The overall prevalence of doctor diagnosed high blood pressure was 25%, slightly lower than the proportion of survey respondents who had high blood pressure based on measurements taken in the survey (29%). 

Quality and outcomes framework (QOF)

The QOF (part of the 2004 general practice contract) collected data on the number of patients in each general practice who had been diagnosed with high blood pressure. These data are available for the period 2004/05 to 2015/16. For Scotland as a whole the prevalence of high blood pressure based on QOF registers was 13.9% in 2015/16. More information on QOF is available in the ScotPHO QOF overview and in the ISD QOF pages.

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.

Page last updated: 14 September 2017

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