HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc388-9W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 most common conditions in children are. [173287]

Dr. Ladyman

Hospital episode statistics record reasons for hospital admission. The table shows the primary diagnosis for the 10 most common conditions, by broad classification, as cause of admission in the age range 0 to 16 years in 2002–03.

Primary diagnosis by ICD10 relevant diagnosis chapter

headings—finished admission episodes by age breakdown 0–16 years.

Condition Number
Chapter X Diseases of the respiratory system (JOO-J99) 179,357
Chapter XVI Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (POO-P96) 150,402
Chapter XIX Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (SOO-T98) 139,107
Chapter XI Diseases of the digestive system (KOO-K93) 135,705
Chapter XVII Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (QOO-Q99) 74,976 Chapter 1 Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (AOO-B99) 72,213
Chapter II Neoplasms (COO-D48) 53,782
Chapter VIII Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60-H95) 47,994
Chapter XIV Diseases of the genitourinary system (NOO-N99) 47,548
Chapter XIII Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (MOO-M99) 30,091
1. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
2. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
3. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Hospital episode statistics, Department of Health.

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