Injuries: population surveys

Population based information on injuries and variation among adults and children, by age, gender, equivalised income and deprivation is available from the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) every 2 years. Although not included in the main report information can be found in the supplementary tables [221Kb].

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 2013 SHeS were asked to recall any accidents they had had in the 12 months prior to the interview which fitted this definition. Percentages, however, are based only on those accidents about which advice was sought from a doctor or which required a visit to hospital.

Key points:

Adults

  • 13% of all adults surveyed had an accident in the 12 months prior to the survey, with the highest incidence occurring in the 16-24 and 65-75 age groups (14%) (Supplementary table [221Kb] W861).
  • Younger adults (16-24 and 25-34 age groups) predominantly experienced their accidents in a place used for sport, play or recreation (30% and 34% respectively). Whereas all other age groups were most likely to have an accident in a home or garden (Table W869).
  • Across all age groups, equivalised income groups and SIMD quintiles the most common cause of an accident was a fall, slip or trip (Tables W877 to W880).
  • Treatment was most frequently sought at a hospital across all breakdowns of age group, equivalised income groups and SIMD quintile (Tables W885 to W888).

 Children

  • 15% of all children surveyed had an accident in the 12 months prior to the survey, with the highest incidence occurring in the 12-15 age groups (24%) (Table W893).
  • Age groups 0-3 and 4-7 were most likely to have an accident at home or in a garden (78% and 62%, respectively), while age groups 8-11 and 12-15 were most likely to have an accident in a place used for sport, play or recreation (36% and 41%, respectively).
  • As in adults the most common cause of an accident was a fall, slip or trip across all age groups, equivalised income groups and SIMD quintiles (Tables W905 to W908).
  • Treatment was most frequently sought at a hospital across all breakdowns of age group, equivalised income groups and SIMD quintile (Tables W913 to W916).

  

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