This PROMs special topic is based on the finalised data for April 2012 to March 2013, first published on 14th August 2014. Data are presented by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of residence.
Rates of hospital admissions may vary greatly by age and sex, making it more difficult to compare two areas that have differences in the age and sex makeup of their populations. Directly age- and sex-standardised rates adjust for this by showing the rate of PROMs-eligible hospital episodes that would occur in a standard population if it were to experience the age- and sex-specific rates of episodes for a given area. This means that areas with different age and sex makeups can be compared directly, with the rates having been adjusted for these factors.
The standard population used in this analysis is the 2013 European Standard Population. This population is used for males, females, and persons, which means that rates can be compared across gender but also that rates for persons are standardised for age only, and not for sex.