General health and multiple conditions

Gray, L. and Leyland, A. H. (2016) General health and multiple conditions. In: Campbell-Jack, D., Hinchliffe, S. and Rutherford, L. (eds.) The Scottish Health Survey 2015. Volume 1: Main Report. The Scottish Government Health Directorate, pp. 49-67. ISBN 9781786524614

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SUMMARY • In 2015, around three-quarters (74%) of men and women aged 16 and over described their health as ‘very good’ or ‘good’. There has been little change in this level since 2008. • The proportion of adults reporting to be in ‘very good’ or ‘good’ health declined with age from 88% of those aged 16-24 to 55% of those aged 75 and over. • Nearly all (95%) of children were reported to be in ‘very good’ or ‘good’ health. • General health was broadly similar for boys and girls, with 65% of boys and 67% of girls having ‘very good’ reported general health. • Levels of ‘very good’ health ranged between 65% and 73% for those aged 0-11 but declined from 63% for those aged 12-13 to 52% for those aged 14-15. • Half (50%) of adults had at least one long-term condition in 2012-2015. These were split equally between 25% with only one condition and 25% with more than one condition. • Older adults were more likely than younger adults to have multiple long-term conditions, with 59% of those aged 75 and over having at least two conditions compared with 6% of those aged 16-24. • Age-specific patterns of long-term conditions prevalence were similar for men and women, although, among those aged 16-24, men (81%) were more likely than women (72%) to have no long-term conditions. Just under a fifth (18%) of those in the least deprived areas had multiple conditions compared to around a third (34%) of those living in the most deprived areas. • In 2012-2015, 9% of adults had both a physical health condition and symptoms of mental disorder. • Adults with one or more physical condition were twice as likely to exhibit symptoms of a mental disorder compared with those with no physical conditions (22% and 11%, respectively). • In the most deprived areas, 29% of those with a physical condition also had a possible mental disorder, compared with 14% in the least deprived areas.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Dr Linsay and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Gray, L., and Leyland, A. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Publisher:The Scottish Government Health Directorate

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
652561Scottish Health Survey 2012-15Alastair LeylandScottish Government (SCOT-EX)UNSPECIFIEDIHW - MRC/CSO SPHU