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Summer 2010 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

Summer 2010 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

This note describes the main improvements, made in Summer 2010, to the statistical information about 'vital events' (births, marriages, civil partnerships, divorces, dissolutions and deaths) which is available on this web site (and also on the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics web site). It does not mention a number of minor improvements.

Vital Events Reference Tables

One new table has been added:

  • Table 7.3(b) - numbers of marriages, broken down (separately) by marital status of groom and by marital status of bride, 1974 to 2009

The following tables have been expanded markedly:

  • Table 3.4 - the General Fertility Rate and the Total Fertility Rate have been added

  • Table 3.10 - Scotland now shown separately from the rest of the UK

  • Table 6.12 - now distinguishes, wherever possible, between substances which were "implicated in, or potentially contributed to, the cause of death" and substances which "were present but not considered to have had any direct contribution to the death".

In addition, some 'smaller' improvements have been made to other tables.

Time-series Datasets

Eight new tables have been added:

  • Births by sex, year and Local Authority, 1991 to 2009

  • Births by sex, year and (post-April 2006) NHS Board area, 1991 to 2009

  • Births by mother's age, year and Local Authority, 1991 to 2009

  • Births by mother's age, year and (post-April 2006) NHS Board area, 1991 to 2009

  • Deaths by sex, year and Local Authority, 1991 to 2009

  • Deaths by sex, year and (post-April 2006) NHS Board area, 1991 to 2009

  • Deaths by age group, year and Local Authority, 1991 to 2009

  • Deaths by age group, year and (post-April 2006) NHS Board area, 1991 to 2009

Other statistics available on the Web site

Comments on the main points shown by the statistics have been added to the web sections on Alcohol-related deaths , Clostridium difficile deaths, MRSA deaths and Probable suicides.

There are four new tables, and a number of other improvements, in Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2009.

Increased Winter Mortality has been improved by adding information about winter temperatures and the level of influenza activity, an extra table, two new charts and a separate section which gives background on the medical causes of the seasonal increase and research into factors that influence it and an international comparison.

Information about Vital Events statistics

Many new pages have been added, to provide information about (for example):

  • the geographical basis of the Vital Events statistics - the information about where the person lives (or lived)

  • what may be available in response to ad-hoc enquiries for Vital Events statistics

  • examples of the data items which held in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistical databases

  • the code-lists used for many of the data items

  • notes on the quality of the data

  • points specific to the data for particular types of event (e.g. statistics relating to home births, cause of death text and codes, underlying cause of death codes); and

  • examples of fluctuations in, and the possible unreliability of, death statistics for small areas, small groups or short periods.

This material can be found via the following 'Background Information' pages:

More Neighbourhood Statistics figures

Finally, in May 2010, NRS had added to the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website, separate male and female numbers of births and deaths in each data zone for

(a) calendar years, based on the date of registration

(b) mid-year to mid-year periods (1 July to 30 June), based on the date of occurrence

for the following years:

(a) 2001 onwards

(b) mid-2001 to mid-2002 onwards – with the data being shown against the second of the years in the period. For example, the data for mid-2007 to mid-2008 are shown as ‘2008’.

These figures are available in the Advanced Reporter, for example, by selecting ‘Data Zone’ as the area type, ‘population’ main topic, ‘Births and Deaths’ sub topic, then ‘Births’ or ‘Deaths’.