Notes on the statistical data

This section provides comprehensive healthcare data for the Lothians and covers topics of population, births, lifestyle issues and causes of death and illness. This information is provided in a graphical form that is intended to be user friendly.

New for this year we have also included a detailed breakdown of health data using an interactive mapping tool (Interactive Geographic Profiler). This simple to use tool allows you to explore the data to a more detailed level than the graphs provided. This level of detail, known as "Intermediate Geography", is the Scottish Executive's preferred method for reporting statistical data.

The Interactive Geographic Profiler use Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and your web browser must have a plugin to view them. The Adobe SVG Viewer can be downloaded from

Note for Firefox users: Firefox version 1.5 and above users may have problems viewing the interactive maps and are encouraged to use an alternative browser to view these files.

Note for Internet Explorer users: When browsing the dataset section of this CD-Rom using Internet Explorer on Windows XP a pop-up may appear at the top of the browser window warning that "In order to protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this file from showing active content that could access your computer". You can safely choose to "Allow blocked content". Our interactive maps will not damage or otherwise interfere with your computer in any way.