The public health uses of the Scottish Community Health Index (CHI)

J Public Health Med. 1996 Dec;18(4):465-72. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.pubmed.a024546.


Each of the 15 Health Boards in Scotland maintains a computer file of its residents who are registered with a general practitioner; this is known as the Community Health Index or CHI. The CHI allows a variety of demographic data and indicators of health to be analysed on either a geographic or general practice base, or both simultaneously. The considerable potential of the CHI as a public health tool may be of interest to health authorities outside Scotland which are developing wider uses for their own family practitioner registers.

MeSH terms

  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Community Health Planning
  • Confidentiality
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Immunization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medical Record Linkage / standards*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration
  • Registries*
  • Scotland / epidemiology