Series

UK Data Service series record for:

Health Survey for England

Series abstract

The Health Survey for England (HSE), sponsored by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care and the Department of Health, began in 1991 and has been carried out annually since then. A number of core questions are included in every wave but each year’s survey also has a particular focus on a disease or condition or population group, which are subsequently revisited at appropriate intervals in order to monitor change. The survey combines questionnaire-based answers with physical measurements and the analysis of blood samples. Blood pressure, height and weight, smoking, drinking and general health are covered every year. An interview with each eligible person in the household is followed by a nurse visit.

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FAQ

What is the HSE?

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Which years of the HSE are available?

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What population is covered by the HSE?

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Does this survey contain information available at the individual, household or other level?

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How do I find out which questions/variables are included?

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Are the same questions asked in every year?

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Do I need to use weights to analyse this survey?

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In which years of the HSE were there boost samples for ethnic minorities, children and older people?

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Where do I start when pooling HSE data from 1999 and 2004 for comparing ethnic differences?

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How do I use the weights in the 2004 ethnic boost dataset if combining the general population and ethnic boost files?

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How do I use the Health Survey for England individual weights if I am pooling the data from the 1999 and 2004 datasets (ethnic boost years)?

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How is the Government Office Region (gora) variable coded in the HSE 2001?

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Why is a case coded as -1 (not applicable) when the question/variable is clearly applicable to that case?

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Where can I obtain statistics and publications from the HSE?

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Are there any health surveys for other parts of the UK?

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Using the Health Survey for England for teaching

Are there any HSE teaching datasets?

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Are there any teaching or learning materials that use the HSE?

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What must I do to use the HSE or HSE teaching datasets for teaching?

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Related studies:

Ethnic Minority Psychiatric Illness Rates in the Community, 2000 (SN 4685)
Health Survey for England, 2002: Teaching Dataset (SN 5033)
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-6, 1998-2013 (SN 5050)
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA); Wave 1, 2002-2003: Teaching Dataset (SN 5172)
Health Survey for England, 2003-2005: Multilevel Modelling Teaching Dataset (SN 6765)
Health Survey for England, 2000-2001: Small Area Estimation Teaching Dataset (SN 6792)
Health Survey for England Time Series Dataset, 1991-2009 (SN 7025)
Health Survey for England, 2011: Teaching Dataset (SN 7402)

Related case studies:

Ethnic health inequalities: Are they carried forward across generations?
Treating obesity: Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of three drugs
What predicts our level of well-being?
Does smoking affect health-related quality of life? Evidence to inform public health strategies
Using government microdata to explore health
Is ethnic density associated with the health of ethnic minorities?
Obesity, healthy eating and exercise across ethnicities in England

Related support guides:

What is weighting?
Small area estimation using key UK surveys – an introductory guide
Analysing health data with Nesstar (Video)
Physical Functioning in Older Adults (Survey Question Bank Topic Overview 5)
How to download UK survey data (Video)
Search for variables and questions from the Health Survey for England.

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