Scottish mortality in a European context 

Scotland’s poor health profile within Europe is well-known, but health trends are continually changing. Our research set out to assess how mortality trends in Scotland have been changing within a European context. The report Still the Sickman of Europe? provides a contemporary summary of Scottish mortality trends over a 60 year period (1950 – 2010) in comparison to 19 other mainly Western European countries.  

Our findings demonstrate that while there have been notable improvements in Scottish mortality for a range of major conditions, there are still many concerning trends, in particular, for all-cause mortality among the younger working age population and elderly women, and for female lung cancer. 

There are two main sets of analyses: 

  1. all cause mortality trends broken down by gender and by age grouping (infancy, childhood, younger working adults, working age and elderly);
  2. cause specific mortality trends for 13 causes broken down by gender within the working age adult population (15-74 years). 

The full report can be downloaded here and the graphs presenting the analyses can be downloaded as Excel spreadsheets below: 

Infant mortality (children under 1 year)

All cause mortality in children aged 1-14 years

All cause mortality in working age adults, aged 15-74

All cause mortality in younger working age adults, aged 15-44 years

All cause mortality in elderly, aged 75 years and over

Oesophageal cancer mortality in adults aged 15-74

Stomach cancer mortality in adults aged 15-74

Colorectal cancer mortality in adults aged 15-74

Pancreatic cancer mortality in adults aged 15-74

Lung cancer mortality in adults aged 15-74

Breast cancer mortality in adults, aged 15-74 years

Ischaemic heart disease mortality in adults aged 15-74

Cerebrovascular disease mortality in adults aged 15-74

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mortality in adults aged 15-74

Chronic liver disease, incl. cirrhosis, mortality in adults aged 15-74

External causes mortality in adults aged 15-74

Suicide mortality in adults aged 15-74

Motor vehicle accidents mortality in adults aged 15-74