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The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) began in 1995, with subsequent surveys conducted in 1998 and 2003. From 2008-2011, commissioned by the Scottish Government, the survey has run continuously with a two stage process - a personal interview for the full sample, followed by a nurse visit to one sixth of the sample, whereas it was previously offered to the whole sample. The aim of the SHeS is to gain knowledge about the health of the population of Scotland.
GN 33320 | Scottish Health Survey, 1995-
You can find links to the datasets in the DATA ACCESS section above. When you follow the link to a dataset you will be taken to its catalogue record which contains the following information:
Most survey data may be downloaded as SPSS, Stata or tab-delimited files. There is a download button near the top right of each catalogue record. Most datasets can be downloaded after you login to your UK Data Service account. See our Access pages for more information about how to access data.
See our Use data pages for more advice about getting started with analyses. These pages contain advice and training; guides about datasets, topics and methods and software including SPSS and Stata; information about how others have used the data and how to cite datasets. See also our Events pages for courses and webinars about how to find, use and manage data.
The aims of the SHeS are to:
SHeS data are available for 1995, 1998, 2003 and every year from 2008. For a list of up-to-date datasets, see the DATA ACCESS section on this webpage.
Yes, data are available at the individual and household level.
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. See the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey for more information.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available on the catalogue page of each dataset. To find a dataset's catalogue page, follow the link to the dataset from this page under DATA ACCESS or from the results pages in our database search engine Discover.
SHeS reports are downloadable from the Scottish Government website.
Yes. England, Wales, and Northern Ireland all have health surveys that are downloadable from our website. They are:
Note that there are issues of compatibility between these surveys. The questions that are used are not always identical and there are methodological differences between surveys. For example, the WHS in 1995 and 1998 used a paper questionnaire to collect information whilst the WHS from 2003-4 onwards, HSE, SHeS and Northern Ireland surveys gather data through interviews.
See our Health and health behaviour theme pages for more health-related data and resources.
Using the Scottish Health Survey for teaching
See our teaching pages for practical information, exemplars, and tips for using UK Data Service data in teaching, including: