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Health and social care inequality indicators

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NHS Health Scotland has developed a set of indicators that measure inequalities in access to health and social care services (NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships), the quality of care and treatment received, and health and social care service outcomes by area-based deprivation category. Trends for these indicators are presented as three-year rolling averages at Scotland level for 2002/03 to 2014/15. This shows how these indicators changed in the lead up to the integration of health and social care services in Scotland.


Changes to overall population health are not necessarily mirrored by changes in health inequalities. Similarly, health inequalities can be measured in absolute and relative terms, which do not always share the same trajectory over a given time period.

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