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|Title:||Understanding Society: Waves 2-3 Nurse Health Assessment, 2010-2012|
|Alternative title:||United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study; UKHLS|
|Series:||Understanding Society [Understanding Society: Waves 1- , 2008-]|
|Depositor:||University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research|
University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Economic and Social Research Council
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Education
Department for Transport
Department of Health
Welsh Assembly Government
Food Standards Agency
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Communities and Local Government
Northern Ireland Executive
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study) is conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Essex. The survey research organisation that collects the data is Kantar Public (formerly TNS BMRB) in Great Britain and Millward Brown Ulster in Northern Ireland. As a multi-topic household survey, the purpose of the study is to understand social and economic change at the household and individual levels. It is anticipated that over time Understanding Society will permit examination of short- and long-term effects of social and economic change, including policy interventions, on the general wellbeing of the UK population. The study has a strong emphasis on the domains of family and social ties, work, financial resources, and health.
Understanding Society is an annual survey of each adult member of a nationally representative sample. The same individuals are re-interviewed in each wave, approximately 12 months apart. When individuals move they are followed within the UK and anyone joining their households is also interviewed, as long as they are living with them. The fieldwork period is 24 months. The first wave of data was collected between January 2009 and January 2011, the second wave between January 2010 and January 2012, and so forth. Data collection primarily uses computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). One person completes the household questionnaire. Each person aged 16 or older participates in the individual adult interview and self-completed questionnaire. Young people aged 10-15 years are asked to respond to a paper self-completion questionnaire. The study has five sample components: the general population; a boost sample of ethnic minority group members; an immigrant and ethnic minority boost sample; participants in the former British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the Innovation Panel (which is a separate standalone survey (see SN 6849) and so not included in the main release.
Further information about the survey may be found on the Understanding Society web site.
End User Licence, Special Licence and Secure Access versions:
Users should note that there are two versions of the main Understanding Society data. One is available under the standard End User Licence (EUL) agreement, and the other is a Special Licence (SL) version. The SL version contains month and year of birth variables instead of just age, more detailed country and occupation coding for a number of variables and various income variables have not been top-coded (see the documentation available with the SL version for more detail on the differences). Users are advised to first obtain the standard EUL version of the data to see if they are sufficient for their research requirements. The SL data have more restrictive access conditions; prospective users of the SL version will need to complete an extra application form and demonstrate to the data owners exactly why they need access to the additional variables in order to get permission to use that version. The SL versions of the main Understanding Society and Innovation Panel studies may be found under SNs 6931 and 7083 respectively. Low-level and Medium-level Geographical Identifiers data are also available subject to SL access conditions; see SNs 6666, 6668-6675 and 7182 (main study) and 6908-6916 (Innovation Panel). In addition, a fine detail geographic dataset (SN 6676) is available under more restrictive Secure Access conditions that contains British National Grid postcode grid references (at 1m resolution) for the unit postcode of each household surveyed, derived from the ONS National Statistics Postcode Directory (NSPD). For details on how to make an application for Secure Access dataset, please see the SN 6676 catalogue record.
|The Wave 2 Nurse Health Assessment, conducted in 2010-2011 was completed with 15,591 adult participants from the General Population component living in England, Scotland or Wales who completed a full Wave 2 interview. In addition, blood samples were obtained from 10,175 individuals. The Wave 3 Nurse Health Assessment, conducted in 2011-2012 was completed with the BHPS sample component. Assessments were conducted with 5,053 individuals and blood samples were obtained from 3,342 individuals. The Nurse Health Assessment followed the main wave interview by approximately five months. The physical measures, biomarkers and questionnaire data from the Nurse Health Assessment interview are available from the UK Data Service. Genetics information is also available; see the Understanding Society website's health data section for more information - https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/about/health/data.
For the third edition (December 2014), revised data for Waves 2 and 3 were deposited and new variables for blood analytes were released for the first time. The documentation has been updated accordingly.
The Special Licence version of the Understanding Society: Nurse Health Assessment study is held under SN 7587. It contains variables covering prescription medication codes and associated usage questions that are not included in the standard End User Licence version (SN 7251). Users are advised to check that study first to see if the data are suitable for their needs before making an application for the Special Licence version.
The main measures in the Nurse Health Assessment are anthropometric measurements - height, weight, waist circumference, percentage of body fat; blood pressure, lung function, grip strength, and a number of derived variables for prescription medications. The biomarkers include lipids, liver and kidney function, markers for anaemia, diabetes, and inflammation as well as a number of hormones that provide information about ageing.
|Dates of fieldwork:||May 2010 - July 2012|
Government Office Regions
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Households and their individual members resident in Great Britain.
Multi-stage stratified random sample
Two-stage stratified systematic sample - see documentation for details.
|Number of units:||
Wave 2: 15,591 participants; blood samples from 10,175 individuals.
Wave 3: 5,053 participants; blood samples from 3,342 individuals.
|Method of data collection:||
Face-to-face interview; Clinical measurements; Physical measurements
|Weighting:||Weighting used. See documentation for details.|
|BODY CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENTS||BRONCHITIS||CANCER|
|CLINICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS||CONCENTRATION||DEBILITATIVE ILLNESS|
|ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EPILEPSY|
|HEART DISEASES||HEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)||HOUSEHOLD INCOME|
|MARITAL STATUS||MEDICINAL DRUGS||NURSES|
|PRESCRIPTION DRUGS||QUALIFICATIONS||RURAL AREAS|
|SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS||STRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)||SURGERY|
|SURGICAL AIDS||TUBERCULOSIS||URBAN AREAS|
|VASCULAR DISEASES||VEGETABLES||WEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||02 May 2013|
|Latest edition:||10 December 2014 (3rd Edition)|
|Copyright:||Copyright Economic and Social Research Council|
|Access conditions:||The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.|
|Availability:||UK Data Service|
|Contact:||Get in touch|
|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|Quick Reference Guide to Coding of Prescription Medicines||7251_coding_prescribed_medicines_booklet.pdf||383|
|Measurement Protocol for Lung Function||7251_lung_function_using_ndd_easy_on-pc.pdf||827|
|Nurse CAPI Questionnaire||7251_nurse_capi_questionnaire.pdf||597|
|Nurse CATI Questionnaire||7251_nurse_cati_questionnaire.pdf||389|
|Nurse Communications with Participants||7251_nurse_communications.pdf||489|
|Nurse Consent Booklet||7251_nurse_consent_booklet.pdf||561|
|Information Leaflets for Nurse Visit||7251_nurse_information_leaflets.pdf||558|
|Measurement Protocol for Nurse Health Assessment||7251_nurse_measurement_protocol.pdf||881|
|Nurse Project Instructions||7251_nurse_project_instructions.pdf||911|
|"Revisions to Data, November 2014"||7251_revisions2014.pdf||193|
|Understanding Society Biomarker User Guide||7251_understandingsociety-biomarker-userguide-2014.pdf||1209|
|User Guide for Nurse Health Assessment Waves 2 and 3||7251_user_guide_health_assmt_w2_w3.pdf||476|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_7251_Information.htm||7|
By principal investigator(s):
Further publications based on Understanding Society (including those listed below) can be found on the UKHLS Publications webpage.
Burton, J., Nandi, A. and Platt, L. (2008) Who are the UK's ethnic minority groups? Issues of identification and measurement in a longitudinal survey, ISER Working Paper 2008-2. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2008-02
Gray, M., Uhrig, S. C. N., Constantine, R., d'Ardenne, J. and Blake, M. (2008) Cognitive testing of Understanding Society. The UK Household Longitudinal Study questionnaire, ISER Working Paper 2008-4. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2008-04
Lynn, P. (2009), Sample design for Understanding Society, ISER Working Paper 2009-1. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2009-01
Berthoud, R., Fumagalli, L., Lynn, P., Platt, L. (2009) Design of the ethnic minority boost sample, ISER Working Paper 2009-2. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2009-02
Nandi, A. and Platt, L. (2009) Developing ethnic identity questions for Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, ISER Working Paper 2009-3. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2009-03
Rabe, B. (2011) Geographical identifiers in Understanding Society, version 1, ISER Working Paper 2011-1. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2011-01
Nandi, A., Platt, L. (2011) Effect of interview modes on measurement of identity, ISER Working Paper 2011-2. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2011-02
Booker, C. and Sacker, A. (2011) ‘Limiting long-term illness and subjective well-being in families’, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3(1), pp.41-65.
Lynn, P. (2011) Maintaining cross-sectional representativeness in a longitudinal general population survey, ISER Working Paper 2011-4. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2011-04
Ferragina, E., Tomlinson, M. and Walker, R. (2011) ‘Determinants of participation in the United Kingdom: a preliminary analysis’, Understanding Society .
Knies, G. (2011) ‘Life satisfaction and material well-being of young people in the UK’, Understanding Society .
Lynn, P., Burton, J., Kaminska, O., Knies, G. and Nandi, A. (2012) An initial look at non-response and attrition in Understanding Society, ISER Working Paper 2012-2. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2012-02
Lynn, P. (2012) The propensity of older respondents to participate in a general population survey, ISER Working Paper 2012-3. Retrieved 14 November 2014 from http://research.understandingsociety.org.uk/publications/working-paper/2012-03
Knies, G., Burton, J. and Sala, E. (2012) ‘Consenting to health record linkage: evidence from a multi-purpose longitudinal survey of a general population’, BMC Health Services Research, 12(1), p.52.
Longhi S. (2013) Individual pro-environmental behaviour in the household context, ISER Working Paper 2013-21. Retrieved 17 February 2014 from https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2013-21.pdf
McFall, S. L. and Buck, N. (2013) ‘Understanding Society – the UK Household Longitudinal Survey: a resource for demographers’, in Applied Demography and Public Health, Springer Netherlands, pp.357-369.
Tippett, N., Wolke, D. and Platt, L. (2013) ‘Ethnicity and bullying involvement in a national UK youth sample’ Journal of Adolescence, 36(4), pp.639-649.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
For links to publications based on Understanding Society, including those listed below and others, please see the UKHLS Publications webpage.
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2011) 'The changing demography of mid-life, from the 1980s to the 2000s', Population Trends, 145 (Autumn), pp.16-34. Retrieved October 19th, 2011 from http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/population-trends-rd/population-trends/no--145--autumn-2011/ard-pt145-changing-demography.pdf
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J. and McGowan, T. (2011) How has mid-life changed in Britain since the 1980s?, CPC Briefing Paper No. 2. Retrieved October 19th, 2011 from http://www.cpc.ac.uk/resources/downloads/Mid_Life_in_Britain_briefing2.pdf
McAloney, K. (2012) 'Inter-faith relationships in Great Britain: prevalence and implications for psychological well-being', Mental Health, Religion and Culture, (online), DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.714359
Berrington, A., Stone, J. and Falkingham, J. (2013) The impact of parental characteristics and contextual effects on returns to the parental home in Britain, CPC Working Paper 29.
Crawford, C., Dearden, L. and Greaves, E. (2013) When you are born matters: evidence for England, IFS Reports, R80, London: Institute for Fiscal Studies. doi: 10.1920/re.ifs.2013.0080. Retrieved August 19, 2013 from http://www.ifs.org.uk/comms/r80.pdf
Crawford, C., Dearden, L. and Greaves, E. (2013) The impact of age within academic year on adult outcomes, IFS Working Papers, W13/07, May. London: Institute for Fiscal Studies. doi: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2013.1307. Retrieved August 19, 2013 from http://www.ifs.org.uk/wps/wp201307.pdf
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2013) 'Pathways into living alone in mid-life: diversity and policy implications', Advances in Life Course Research, 18(3), pp.161-174. doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2013.02.001
McAloney, K. (2013) ‘Mixed’ religion relationships and well-being in Northern Ireland’, Journal of Religion and Health, pp.1-10.
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2014) 'Living alone and psychological well-being in mid-life: does partnership history matter?', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 168(5), pp.403-410. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2013-202932
Hutchinson, J., White, P.C.L. and Graham, H. (2014) 'Differences in the social patterning of active travel between urban and rural populations: findings from a large UK household survey', International Journal of Public Health. doi 10.1007/s00038-014-0578-2
Correa, S., Durrant, G.B. and P.W. Smith (2014) When to stop calling? Using call record data to assess nonresponse bias in a longitudinal study, paper presented to the International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse, 2 September 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Longhi S. (2014) 'Cultural diversity and subjective wellbeing', IZA Journal of Migration, 3(13), DOI: 10.1186/2193-9039-3-13
Kumar,A., Rotik, M. and Ussher, K. (2014) Pay progression: understanding the barriers for the lowest paid, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Retrieved April 23, 2015, from http://www.cipd.co.uk/binaries/pay-progression_2014-understanding-the-barriers-for-the-lowest-paid.pdf
Cruise, S.M., Patterson, L., Cardwell, C.R. and O'Reilly, D. (2015) 'Large panel-survey data demonstrated country-level and ethnic minority variation in consent for health record linkage', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 68, pp.684-692. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.01.011 (ISSN 0895-4356).
Dodds, R.M., Syddall, H.E., Cooper, R. et al. (2014) 'Grip strength across the life course: normative data from twelve British studies', PLoS ONE, 9(12): e113637. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113637
Emerson, E., Hatton, C., Robertson, J. and Baines, S. (2014) 'Perceptions of neighbourhood quality, social and civic participation and the self rated health of British adults with intellectual disability: cross sectional study', BMC Public Health 14, 1252. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1252
Emerson, E., Robertson, J., Baines, S.andHatton, C. (2014) 'The self-rated health of British adults with intellectual disability', Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, pp.591-6.
Robertson, J., Emerson, E., Baines, S.and Hatton, C. (2014) 'Obesity and health behaviours of British adults with self-reported intellectual impairments: Cross sectional survey', BMC Public Health, 14, pp.219.
Wakeling, P., Berrington, A. and Duta, A. (2015) Investigating an age threshold for independence at postgraduate level, Bristol: Higher Education Funding Council for England. Retrieved June 7th, 2016 from http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/Year/2015/pgind/Title,105806,en.html
Emerson, E., Llewellyn, G., Hatton, C., Hindmarsh, G., Robertson, J., Man, N. and Baines, S. (2015) 'The health of parents with and without intellectual impairment in the UK', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 59, pp.1142-54.
Evans, K. (2016)Working well: how employers can improve the wellbeing and productivity of their workforce, London: Social Market Foundation. Retrieved February 2nd, 2016 from http://www.smf.co.uk/publications/working-well-how-employers-can-improve-the-wellbeing-and-productivity-of-their-workforce/
Keohane, N. (2016) Longer lives, stronger families: the changing nature of intergenerational support, London: Social Market Foundation. ISBN: 978-1-910683-08-8. Retrieved February 8th, 2016 from http://www.smf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Publication-Longer-Lives-Stronger-Families-The-changing-nature-of-intergenerational-support.pdf
Wheatley, D. and Bickerton, C., (2016) 'Subjective well-being and engagement in arts, culture and sport', Journal of Cultural Economics, forthcoming. doi: 10.1007/s10824-016-9270-0.
Zischka L. (2016) The link between 'giving' behaviours and a healthy social environment, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Reading. See record at http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/66399
Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C. and Skippon, S. (2016) 'Commuting and wellbeing in London: the roles of commute mode and local public transport connectivity', Preventive Medicine, Jul;88:182-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.04.014. Epub 2016 Apr 16.
Emerson, E., Hatton, C., Baines, S.and Robertson, J. (2016) 'The physical health of British adults with intellectual disability: cross sectional study', International Journal for Equity in Health, 15:11 doi:10.1186/s12939-016-0296-x
Emerson, E., Krnjacki, K., Llewellyn, G., Vaughan, C., Kavanagh, A. (2016) 'Perceptions of safety and exposure to violence in public places among working age adults with disabilities or long-term health conditions in the UK: Cross sectional study', Public Health 135, pp.91-6. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.10.036
Waller, S. Deane, J., Bradley, M., Hosking, I. and Clarkson, J. (2016) Inclusive Design Toolkit [website], University of Cambridge, Engineering Design Centre. http://www.inclusivedesigntoolkit.com/
Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Robertson, J. and Baines, S. (2017) 'The mental health of British adults with intellectual impairments', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30, pp.188-197. doi: 10.1111/jar.12232
Evans, K., Holkar, M. and Murray. (2017) Overstretched, overdrawn, underserved: financial difficulty and mental health at work, Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. Retrieved June 8th, 2017 from http://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org/financialwellbeingatwork/
Williams, M. and E. Gardiner (2017). ‘The power of personality at work: core self-evaluations and earnings in the United Kingdom’, Human Resource Management Journal. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1748-8583.12162/abstract
Sacker, A., Ross, A., MacLeod, C.A., Netuveli, G. and Windle, G. (2017) 'Health and social exclusion in older age: evidence from Understanding Society, the UK household longitudinal study', J Epidemiol Community Health, 71(7), pp.681-690. doi:10.1136/jech-2016-208037
MacLeod, C.A., Ross, A., Sacker, A. and Windle, G. (2017) 'Re-thinking social exclusion in later life: a case for a new framework for measurement', Ageing and Society, September, pp.1-38. doi:10.1017/S0144686X17000794
Melo, P.C., Ge, J., Craig,T., Brewer, M.J. and Thronicker, I. (2018) 'Does work-life balance affect pro-environmental behaviour? Evidence for the UK using longitudinal microdata, Ecological Economics, 145, March, pp.170–181. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.09.006