Scottish Health Survey - Major studies
General - Health
Nutrition - Health
Physical fitness and exercise - Health
Specific diseases and medical conditions - Health
|The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) series was established as a result of the publication in 1993 of the Scotland's health: a challenge to us all (the Report of a Working Party to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland). The first survey in the series, in 1995 (SN 3807) was commissioned by the then Scottish Office Department of Health. The second (SN 4379) and third (SN 5318) in the series were carried out in 1998 and 2003, respectively. From 2008 until 2015, the survey is being carried out continuously, with each year's data deposited separately. The Scottish Government Scottish Health Survey webpages contain further information about the series, including latest news and publications. The aims of the SHeS are to:
The majority of the SHeS questionnaire is the same in every year, with a smaller number of topics included in two of the four years. The Stage 1 interviewer visit for adults has a core and modular structure with a core set of questions asked of the whole sample and two modules of questions which are asked of a proportion of the sample. Core questions are included in the survey every year. Version A of the two modules, asked of a sub-sample of respondents, is the 'rotating' biennial module. The child interview does not have a core and modular structure so the questions are the same every year. Version B of the two modules, also asked of a sub-sample, is known as the KAM module and is a replacement for the Health Education Population Survey (HEPS), previously run by NHS Health Scotland. (The HEPS series for 1996-2007 is held at the Archive under GN 33340.)
- provide data about the nation's health
- estimate the prevalence of particular health conditions
- estimate the prevalence of risk factors associated with these conditions
- examine differences between population subgroups; and between Scotland and England
- contribute towards monitoring progress towards selected health targets; and
- monitor trends in the population's health over time
|The Scottish Health Survey, 2010 was designed to provide data at a national level about the population living in private households in Scotland. The sample for the 2010 survey, as in previous years, was drawn from the Postcode Address File (PAF). An initial sample of 10,180 addresses was selected and grouped into 439 interviewer batches, with around 37 batches covered each month between January and December 2010. The addresses comprised three sample types:
- 7,866 formed the main sample, at which adults and children were eligible to be selected for interview
- 1,798 addresses formed an additional child boost sample at which only households containing children aged 0-15 were eligible to participate
- 516 addresses (in Grampian, Fife and Borders) formed the Health Board boost sample, at which only adults were eligible for interview
The individual questionnaire covered: general health and wellbeing; cardiovascular disease and use of services; asthma; eating habits; adult (16 years and over) and child (2-15 years) physical activity; fruit and vegetable consumption; smoking and alcohol consumption (16 years and over); dental health (16 years and over); economic activity; education; parental history; measurements and standard classification questions. Some participants also answered questions about their knowledge of health messages, attitudes to health and motivations to make lifestyle changes for health purposes. The Version A module of the 2010 questionnaire covering respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, asthma, eating habits and physical activity at work, was also fielded in 2008 (see information on combined data file below), and many will be asked again in 2012 (though some questions will be dropped as a result of the questionnaire consultation that took place in 2011).
The adult self-completion questionnaire covered drinking experiences, recent general health, and contraception. The Young Adults self-completion questionnaire covered smoking, drinking and contraception. The self-completion questionnaire for child respondents aged 13-15 years covered recent general health, and the self-completion booklet for the parents of 4-12 year olds comprised the standard Strengths and Difficulties (SDQ) questionnaire.
The nurse visit covered: prescribed medicines, vitamin supplements, nicotine replacement therapy, blood pressure, anxiety, self-harm, food poisoning, waist and hip circumference, demi-span (respondents aged 65 years and over), lung function, blood sample, saliva sample and urine sample.
The 2010 SHeS study comprises three files, one covering household information, one covering individual information (the individual questionnaire, nurse visit and self-completion questionnaires), and one containing combined information from 2008 and 2010. The combined file has been provided to give a larger base for analysis of variables from the rotating modules (see details of the individual questionnaire above; the same module was fielded in 2008). The individual year data files should be used for analysis of individual survey years, including comparison between years. Further information may be found in the individual and combined data user guides.
By principal investigator(s):
Dong, W. and Erens, B. (eds) (1997) Scottish Health Survey 1995 volume I : findings Edinburgh: The Stationery Office. ISBN 0-11-495847-5.
Dong, W. and Erens, B. (eds) (1997) Scottish Health Survey 1995 volume II : technical report Edinburgh: The Stationery Office. ISBN 0-11-495847-5.
Shaw, A., McMunn, A. and Field, J. (eds.) (2000) The Scottish Health Survey 1998: volume 1: findings and volume 2: technical report, Edinburgh: The Stationery Office.
Bromley, C., Sproston, K., and Shelton, N. (eds) (2005) The Scottish Health Survey: volumes 1 - 4, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive. ISBN 0755947827.
Bromley, C. Given, L. and Ormston, R. (eds.) (2010) The Scottish Health Survey, 2009, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
Bromley, C. Given, L. and Ormston, R. (eds.) (2010) Knowledge, attitudes and motivations to health: a module of the Scottish Health Survey 2008 and 2009, Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland.
Bromley, C., and Given, L. (eds.) (2011) The Scottish Health Survey 2010, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. The full report, and a set of further tables with selected results for topics not covered in the report, is available on the Scottish Government website (see link below).
Bromley, C., and Given, L. (eds.) (2012) The Scottish Health Survey 2011, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. The full report, and a set of further tables with selected results for topics not covered in the report, is available on the Scottish Government website (see link below).
Rutherford, L. Hinchliffe, S. Sharp, C. (eds.), (2013) The Scottish Health Survey 2012, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. The full report, technical report and a set of further tables with selected results for topics not covered in the report, are available on the website
Further publications based on the SHeS series may also be found at the same location.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
Webster,D., Brown,J., Macdonald, E.B. and Turok, I. (2013) 'The interaction of health, labour market conditions, and long-term sickness benefit claims in a post-industrial city: a Glasgow case study', in C. Lindsay and D. Houston (eds.), Disability benefits, welfare reform and employment policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 7, pp.111-133. ISBN 9780230349940.