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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09322: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question to S5W-06697 by Shona Robison on 24 February 2017, what data on osteoarthritis prevalence (a) NHS and (b) integrated joint boards collect, and what its position is on centralising this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 31 May 2017

SPIRE aims to include richer data from a greater number of practices and will help to inform public health surveillance, research and data linkage. Further benefits will see the creation of a mechanism to feedback data analysis to practices and an improved data extraction process

These data were collected for Practise Team Information programme which ended in 2013. A new national GP information system known as the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) is in development which will supersede and build on the PTI programme.

The Information Service Division (ISD) website shows the estimated number of patients in Scotland (per 1,000 registered with a practice) who consulted either a GP or practice-employed nurse for osteoarthritis at least once in the year ending 31 March 2013, by gender and age group:

The Scottish Public Health Observatory website advises that Oesteoarthritis is not found only in older people, but prevalence increases with age. Practice Team Information (PTI) data, recorded from a sample of Scottish general practices, suggests that osteoarthritis rates in Scotland reduced between 2003-04 to 2008-09 but have stabilised in recent years. Rates remain highest in people aged 75 years and over:

The information requested is not held centrally and we have no plans to do so.