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Health Warnings - Uses and Limitations

Health Warnings - Uses and Limitations

The small area estimates have been largely derived from a dataset, which is subject to varying degrees of list inflation in different age-sex groups and geographies throughout Scotland. The method assumes that the list inflation is proportionately distributed amongst postcode sectors within each council part-area. This assumption is considered reasonable, but in some areas higher concentrations of list inflation may skew the distribution of the Community Health Index (CHI) to smaller areas and age groups. Therefore, the interpretation of results needs to be taken with care. The information will be acceptable in terms of gaining an understanding of the proportionate size and structure of the population in postcodes sectors, but will not provide definitive numbers of the population in these areas, which should be borne in mind when interpreting the results.

In addition to the mid-year estimates that National Records of Scotland (NRS) published for council and health board areas, NRS also makes available population estimates at the former administrative areas of districts to users in local authorities which are an amalgamation of former districts (e.g. Fife). As these small area estimates have been constrained to council part area totals, these estimates may not be consistent with district totals. Although it is not possible to precisely amalgamate postcode sectors into district totals, some very rough district estimates should be possible. Users should be aware of the inconsistency and avoid amalgamating the postcode sectors presented here as estimates for former districts.

Although the population estimates are presented in units, this does not imply accuracy to that level. The data are presented in units for the convenience of users wishing to compile non-standard aggregations without encountering rounding problems.

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