Morbidity (illness or injury) - Public Health Dorset

Morbidity (illness or injury)

Hip fractures, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are important factors related to leading to, living with, or caused by poor health respectively. Understanding how they occur with the population can help us to plan to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and reduce preventable deaths.

Diabetes (type 2) is especially important as it is almost entirely preventable with changes in diet and increased physical activity. It is currently increasing in all areas.  On the other hand patients with Coronary Heart Disease have been declining. Related to both of these are hip fractures which can leave people with reduced mobility, chronic pain and at risk of depression.  Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has the second highest rate of hip fractures in the South West.

Injuries for children and young people are also a key area, being a leading cause of hospitalisation and premature mortality in this age group. Admission rates for young people are higher than England for both Local Authorities.

Key statistics

The full list of morbidity indicators produced by Public Health England are available through their Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). indicates a statistically significant difference from the respective English Average.

Morbidity (illness or injury) Indicators
Indicator  BCP  Dorset South West England
Hip fractures (Per 100,000 persons in 65+) 637* 519* 558 572
Recorded diabetes (%) 6.4* 7.4* 6.9 7.1
Hospital admissions -- injuries in children aged 0-14 (Rate per 10,000) 115.4* 116.7* 96.4* 91.2
Hospital admissions -- injuries in young people aged 15-24 (Rate per 10,000) 189.7* 186.1* 154.1* 132.1


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