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Health Education Population Survey, 2007

Title details

SN: 6023
Title: Health Education Population Survey, 2007
Alternative title: HEPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6023-1
Series: Health Education Population Survey, 1996 -
Depositor: NHS Health Scotland
Principal investigator(s): NHS Health Scotland
Data collector(s): BMRB. Social Research
Other acknowledgements: 45104531 and 45104572


The citation for this study is:

NHS Health Scotland. (2008). Health Education Population Survey, 2007. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6023,

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Subject Categories

Accidents and injuries - Health
Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking - Health
General - Health
Nutrition - Health
Physical fitness and exercise - Health


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

NHS Health Scotland is the national agency for health education in Scotland, providing leadership for health promotion in Scotland. Its remit includes:
  • educational action to strengthen individuals' knowledge, skills and capabilities
  • building the capacities of systems which shape the social, environmental and economic conditions which create and sustain health
NHS Health Scotland is also committed to measuring the effectiveness of its activities and commissions research to provide reliable evaluation evidence and to inform the development of programmes. As part of this research programme, BMRB Social Research were commissioned to conduct the first Health Education Population Survey (HEPS) every March and September from March 1996 until March 1999 (seven waves in total). The resulting data, covering all three years, are held at the UK Data Archive as a single study under SN 4949. The second and following HEPS surveys were then conducted every March and September until September 2005 (ten waves in total), with two waves comprising each yearly dataset (see SNs 4950-4952, 5202 and 5470). Fieldwork was then commissioned for a further four waves, with waves eleven and twelve (conducted January-April and August-December 2006) comprising the 2006 dataset, held under SN 5713. These were followed by waves thirteen and fourteen (conducted January-April and August-November 2007) and are held under SN 6023.

The main objectives of HEPS are as follows:
  • to monitor trends in health-related attitudes, knowledge, beliefs and behaviours, and to assess the impacts of specific activities
  • contribute to planning and development of health promotion initiatives through the inclusion of more detailed modules on topical issues
In the longer term, HEPS aims to develop a strategic view of how and where health promotion activity may be most effective. This can be achieved in the following ways:
  • identifying levels of knowledge regarding the main causes of ill-health
  • identifying salient attitudes with respect to health and means of improving health
  • identifying levels of motivation with respect to behaviour change to improve health
  • developing an understanding of how such indicators may be expected to vary between different population groups
  • developing an understanding of individual patterns of health-related attitudes and behaviour and their relationship to the broader socio-cultural environment
  • developing an understanding of specific areas of interest

Further information and links to publications based on HEPS may be found by search on the web site.

Main Topics:
This dataset contains the data collected during HEPS waves 13 and 14, comprising the 2007 HEPS. The questionnaire covered the following topics: general health (including the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ12)); nutrition; breastfeeding; physical activity; alcohol; smoking; drugs; mental health (including the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale Score (WEMWBS); sexual health.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: Wave 13: January-April 2007; Wave 14: August-November 2007
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: Council Areas
Health Boards
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 16-74, resident in Scotland in 2007 (mainland only).
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: One-stage cluster sample
Number of units: 1,921 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Psychological measurements
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 13 October 2008
Copyright: Copyright NHS Health Scotland
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)
Data Map data_map_for_spss_to_wave_14_w21.xls 420
User Guide 6023userguide.pdf 1972
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6023_Information.htm 19
READ File read6023.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
Bassett, C., Gilby, N. and Catto, S. (2008) Health Education Population Survey: Update from 2007 survey, Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland. Retrieved January 12, 2009 from:
Description: Using data from the Health Education Population Survey, 2007, this report presents an update on time trends in health-related knowledge, attitudes, motivations and behaviours in Scotland over the period 1996-2007. The report focuses on areas where there has been a change in 2007, or consolidation of an earlier change. The 2007 update is the last annual report from the survey in its original form. From 2008, the survey has been replaced with the Knowledge, Attitudes and Motivations (KAM) module in the Scottish Health Survey (SHS).

Further publications based on HEPS may be found by search on the web site.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has produced a 'Data Dictionary' covering summary information on UK-based survey series (including HEPS) that include any data on alcohol use. Further information and links to the dictionary documents may be found on the IAS Data Dictionary - Table of Contents web page.


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