Description:

This indicator measures the European Age-Standardised mortality rate per 100,000 people aged under 75 in Scotland (based on the 2013 European Standard Population).

Source of Data:

The European Age Standardised mortality rate is calculated using deaths and population data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS).  Rates are based on the 2013 European Standard Population.

Further information on the available Deaths data is available on the NRS website:

Vital Events - Deaths

The European Age-Standardised mortality rate is a weighted sum of age-specific mortality rates and is used here to indicate the overall mortality rate for Scotland.  In effect, it is the mortality rate that would have been found if the population of Scotland had the same age-composition (proportion of total population in each five year age class) as the hypothetical 2013 European Standard Population.  The rates are calculated by applying the age-specific rates for Scotland to the European Standard Population and expressed per 100,000 persons per year.

Definitions:

Premature mortality is defined as deaths occurring before the age of 75.  It is measured for this indicator using the European Age-Standardised mortality rate for people aged under 75.

The European Age-Standardised mortality rate is a weighted sum of age-specific mortality rates and is used here to indicate the overall mortality rate for Scotland.  It follows a standard methodology, which was updated in 2013, allowing for comparisons between countries and over time.

Note that figures under the new 2013 European Standard Population are not comparable with those calculated under the 1976 European Standard Population.  Trend data for this national indicator have been backdated under the new methodology and so are comparable over time.

Baseline and past trends:

The age standardised mortality rate was 516.8 per 100,000 for people aged under 75 in 2007.

Criteria for Change:

This evaluation is based on: any difference in the percentage within +/- 2 percent of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. A decrease of 2 percent or more suggests the position is improving; whereas an increase of 2 percent or more suggests the position is worsening.

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