Research and data in the Scottish Borders: People

Health and wellbeing: adults

Why is it important to have data about adult health and wellbeing?

The Scottish Government National Performance Framework states simply that "we are healthy and active". Our NHS is pivotal to our health and happiness but we also understand that our health is dependent on a wide variety of factors.  We need to take a whole-system approach to promoting good health and activity, regardless of gender, background or any other Equalities protected characteristic. We use the latest research and data to make sure Scottish Borders plays its part in making this outcome happen in our region. The information on this page is an analysis of the policy framework, the topics and the evidence that informs this national outcome.

Scottish Borders policy framework

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years. It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the Strategic Assessment. 

The strategic priority on improving public health in Scottish Borders is managed by the Public Health Team. The Joint Health Improvement Team works with Health and Social Care to improve health and reduce health inequalities. "Our health and wellbeing" is also central to Priority 3 ("Support, care and protection") in the Scottish Borders Corporate Plan, with reference to vulnerable adults.

Find our more about Public Health in Scottish Borders.

For imformation about all aspects of Social Care and Health, visit our corporate resource pages. You can also find out more about Health and Social Care integration in Scottish Borders.

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform Adult Health and Wellbeing policy development, across a wide range of topic areas. Many of these topics cover all adults, including older people. There is also a separate page covering topics that are specific to older people.

Life Expectancy, mortality and morbidity

Mental health and wellbeing in adults

  • loneliness
  • mental health-related mortality
  • mental wellbeing
  • prescriptions for anxiety/depression/psychosis medication
  • psychiatric hospitalisation

Physical health in adults

  • active travel
  • alcohol related harm
  • asthma
  • bowel screening
  • cancer
  • coronary heart disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • diabetes
  • diet
  • drug use and drug-related deaths
  • obesity
  • physical activity
  • smoking

The Scottish Surveys Core Questions research for the Scottish Borders provides some useful information about many of these topics.

We regularly review the official statistics about health and wellbeing in adults,  to provide evidence for a range of strategic policy and performance purposes, and to inform communities in Scottish Borders. If you need information on any of the topics listed above for your policy area or community and would like help finding it, contact us. We will publish any information notes and area profiles on this topic here as we produce them.