In 1948 there was published, under the auspices of the Glasgow Bureau of Health and Sickness Records, a report which sought to present a comprehensive picture of hospital-treated sickness of all types occuring among the inhabitants of a representative Scottish county, the County of Stirling.
The Stirlingshire survey was undertaken as a pilot study, and during the calendar year 1948 the same technique was applied to a study of hospital-treated sickness among the inhabitants of the larger County of Ayrshire.
This report attempts to explore the influence of certain social factors in determining the general load and pattern of hospital-treated sickness in the community.
The Health and Sickness Records Bureau (Glasgow) (1950) Hospital and community: Hospital-treated sickness amongst the people of Ayrshire. Nuffield Trust.