Injuries: mortality

Trends in injury related mortality (intentional and unintentional) in Scotland are reported in analyses undertaken by Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland which looked at comparative injury mortality data across the Great Britain and Ireland between 1982 and 2004.

  • This study showed a steady decrease in injury related mortality in Scotland between 1982 and 2004, from 55.5 per 100,000 in 1982 to 38.8 in 2004 (Chart 1 shows yearly mortality from 1995 (view chart)). Despite this decrease injury mortality rates remain are higher in Scotland compared to the rest of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
  • More detailed trend analyses on injury related mortality in Scotland by injury type (47KB) has also been produced in the IOBI study.

Mortality rates for unintentional injuries among adults and children are also published by the ISD unintentional injuries team.

  • This data shows a similar downward trend to the IOBI work with deaths as a result of unintentional injury decreasing from 2000 to 2010 in both children aged 15 years and under and adults aged 15 and over. However there was a sharp rise in adult deaths in 2011. (Chart 2 (view chart)).
  • Death rates from unintentional injury in adults (25KB) for the least deprived areas are generally lower compared with the most deprived areas, for example, for the period 2007 to 2011, the standardised mortality ratio for adults in the least deprived area (deprivation quintile 5) was 64.2 compared with 131.0 within the most deprived area (deprivation quintile 1).
  • Nearly half of injury related deaths in adults in 2010-2011 are due to falls.
  • Further information on injury related deaths is provided by health board of residence.
  • Interactive tables E4, E5, E6 in the unintentional injuries publication provide more detailed information on cause of death by gender at health board of residence, council area and CHP level.

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.