Ethnic minorities: data introduction
Information on the health of ethnic minority groups in Scotland remains incomplete. A recent improvement was the agreement that ethnicity would be collected by registrars at the time of death registration and recorded separately from April 2012 (see Christie 2012 in key references). Effective use of ethnic group in routine health databases depends on front-line staff being adequately trained and supported to ask about ethnic group; definitions and standards being available to record and code ethnic group consistently; IT systems being able to store and share data; and the NHS being able and willing to use data effectively to support service development and health improvement.
Table 1 shows the dimensions and geographies for which ethnicity data are presented, either within the data pages which follow or through hyperlinks.
Table 1: Data availability for Scotland
|Data dimensions/geographies||Data presented?|
|By age group||Y|
|By deprivation group||N|
|By NHS board area||Y|
|By local authority area||Y|
|By community health partnership (CHP) area||Y|
|Comparison with UK/GB||Y|
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.