Chronic liver disease: morbidity

Data on trends in chronic liver disease (CLD) hospital stays in Scotland are presented below.

The excel file CLD morbidity rates - Scotland, overall and by sex (19Kb) shows trends in CLD hospital stays as European age standardised rates (EASRs) in Scotland, between 1982/83 and 2014/15, overall and by sex in Chart 1 (view chart);

  • There were approximately 190 chronic liver disease hospital stays per 100,000 population in Scotland in 2014/15, compared to the rate in 2013 of 181 per 100,000.
  • In 2014/15, male hospital stay rates for CLD were nearly twice as high as those reported for women (250 per 100,000 compared to 130 per 100,000 population).
  • Between 1982/83 and 2014/15, there was a large increase in CLD hospital stay rates overall and in both men (a 5-fold increase) and women (a 4-fold increase): for men, the hospital stay rate increased from 54 per 100,000 to 250 per 100,000 population and for women, from 40 per 100,000 to 130 per 100,000 population.

The Excel file CLD morbidity rates – Scotland by age (27Kb) shows CLD age-specific hospital stay rates in Scotland, for the time period 1982/83 to 2014/15. In summary, Chart 2 (view chart) shows:

  • In 2014/15, CLD hospital stay rates were highest in people aged 55-64 years (402 per 100,000 population).
  • Between 1982/83 and 2014/15, CLD hospital stay rates have generally increased across most age groups.

The Excel file CLD morbidity rates – Scotland by conditions (18Kb) shows trends in CLD hospital stay rates (EASRs) by condition for Scotland, for the time period 1982/83 to 2014/15. In summary, Chart 3 (view chart) shows:

  • The main cause of CLD hospital stays is alcoholic liver disease. Since 1982/83, the hospital stay rate for alcoholic liver disease has increased overall, from 26 per 100,000 population to 134 per 100,000 population.
  • In 2014/15, 71% of stays from CLD were due to alcoholic liver disease.

The Excel file CLD morbidity rates - NHS Boards (24Kb) shows trends in CLD hospital stay rates (EASRs) for NHS Boards in Scotland, for the time period 1982/83 to 2014/15. In summary:

  • Hospital stay rates in 2014/15 were highest in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; 298 per 100,000.

The Excel file CLD morbidity rates – Scotland by deprivation (36Kb) shows the trends in CLD hospital stay rates (EASRs)  in Scotland between 1996/97 and 2014/15, by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation deciles. In summary, Chart 4 (view chart) shows:

  • In 2014/15, chronic liver disease stays rates were 4.6 times higher in the most deprived decile (424 per 100,000 population) compared to the least deprived decile (92 per 100,000 population).
  • The rate of stays has increased across all deprivation deciles between 1996/97 and 2014/15. The largest (absolute) increase has been in the most deprived decile. However, the relative difference over time between most and least deprived deciles does not show any obvious trend.

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