Injuries: population surveys


Population based information on injury trends and variation among adults, by age and gender, is available from the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) every 2 years. The most recently available data is from the 2011 survey, as the 2013 survey data will not be available until late 2014.

Trend information on injuries in Scotland is also available from the Health Education Population Survey from 1996 to 2007. (Note that the Health Education Population Survey was replaced by the Knowledge, Attitude and Motivation (KAM) module in the SHeS survey from 2008 to 2011. The KAM module, however, will not be extended to future surveys).

Injury information in population surveys is self reported and defined as any accident where advice was sought from a doctor, nurse or other health professional, or which caused time to be taken off work. Participants in the 2011 SHeS were asked to recall any accidents they had had in the 12 months prior to the interview which fitted this definition. Accident rates, however, are based only on those accidents about which advice was sought from a doctor or which required a visit to hospital.

  • Self-reported injury rates, as reported by SHeS, have decreased since 1995 among men and women aged 16-64 years: for men, from 24 per 100 in 1995 to 14 per 100 in 2011 and for women, from 15 per 100 in 1995 to 13 per 100 in 2011 (note a slight increase from 2009 to 2011 in both sexes) (Chart 1 (view chart)).
  • In 2009 and 2011 combined, the highest accident rates in men and women were in the youngest (16-24 years) and oldest age groups (75 years and over) (Chart 2 (view chart)). NB No data on accidents collected for the 2010 Scottish Health Survey.
  • The decrease in the accident rate among men since 1995 has been driven by the drop in accident rate amongst men age 16-34 (Scottish Health Survey 2011, Supplementary Tables, Table 11).

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.