Injuries: mortality

Mortality rates for unintentional injuries among adults and children are published in the unintentional injuries webpages on the ISD website.

  • These data show a downward trend in children with deaths as a result of unintentional injury decreasing from 2003 to 2012. However the trend in the corresponding number in adults showed little change until 2011 when there was a sharp rise - the sharp rise is due to a change in coding (see page 24 of the ISD Unintentional Injuries Full Report) . (Chart 1 (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 2008 to 2012, the standardised mortality ratio for adults in the least deprived area (deprivation quintile 5) was 62.5 compared with 142.6 within the most deprived area (deprivation quintile 1).
  • 44% of injury related deaths in adults in 2012 are due to falls.
  • Further information on injury related deaths is provided by health board of residence.
  • More detailed information on mortality by cause of death, age group, gender, NHS Board and CHP is available in tables E3 and E4.
  • Please note that rates quoted in all tables are directly standardised to the 1976 European Standard Population. The next update will use rates directly standardised to the 2013 European Standard Population.

Trends in injury related mortality (intentional and unintentional) in Scotland were also 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 2 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.

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.