Table 1 Claimants classified according to major causal categories of medical disorder in 1995 and 2014
Overall category of medical disorder (DWP classification)Number of claimants 1995a (thousands)% of total claimants 1995 (95% CI)Number of claimants 2014 (thousands)% of total claimants 2014
Mental disordersb 571.621.4 (21.2–21.6)1162.446.5
Musculoskeletal disordersb 595.922.3 (22.1–22.5)352.614.1
Cardiovascular disordersb 31511.8 (11.6–12.0)99.34.0
Respiratory disordersb 100.53.8 (3.70–3.90)53.22.1
Nervous system disordersb 1264.7 (4.59–4.81)163.16.5
Neoplasmsb 25.80.97 (0.92–1.02)51.02.0
Injuriesb151.65.7 (5.58–5.82)125.05.0
Disorders not elsewhere classifiedb557.820.9 (20.7–21.1)264.510.6
Total claims26722501
  • DWP, Department for Work and Pensions.

  • a Data from 5% sample.

  • b Z-test for difference between proportions of claimants in 1995 and 2014, P<0.0001.