Injuries: data introduction

Injury related statistics are available from a wide range of information sources including population surveys, health care and mortality datasets, and routine administrative sources. Although the term 'injury' is preferred to that of 'accidents', a number of data sources still use 'accidents' and we have preserved their use of this terminology.

Most of the injury data on mortality and hospital admissions are available through hyperlinks to Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland and the Unintentional Injuries webpages on the ISD Scotland website. These injury data are based on international diagnostic classifications and a list of diagnosis codes (ICD9 and ICD10) is available from the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics, for selected causes of mortality.

The Violence section of our website provides detailed information on injuries related to assaults and homicide.

In addition, further injury related statistics on workplace injuries, road traffic accidents, fires and assaults are also collected and reported on by various official agencies e.g. the Health and Safety Executive, Emergency Services. A summary of key data trends from these sources is also provided, with hyperlinks to supporting websites.

Table 1 Data for Scotland available through the injury data pages
 Data presented? (Y=yes; N=no)  
Data dimensions/geographiesMortalitySecondary CareOther
By gender Y Y Y
By age group Y Y Y
By deprivation group Y Y N
By NHS board area Y Y N
By local authority area Y Y Y
Time trend Y Y Y
National target N N N
Comparison with UK/GB Y Y Y
International comparison Y N N

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.