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The Welsh Health Survey (WHS), which ran from 1995-1998 and then 2003/04-2015, collected information about the health of people living in Wales, the way they use health services, and things that can affect their health. From April 2016 health and health related lifestyles are reported on using the National Survey for Wales.
GN 33371 | Welsh Health Survey, 1998-2015
GN 33478 | Welsh Health Survey, 2003/04-2015: Special Licence Access
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The Welsh Health Survey (WHS) collects information about the health of people living in Wales, the way they use health services, and the factors that can affect their health.
The current WHS series has run annually since 2003-2004 and replaced two previous study series: the previous WHS, conducted in 1995 (not currently available via the UK Data Service) and 1998 and the Health in Wales Survey which was conducted five times in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1996 (not currently available via the UK Data Service).
The WHS ran in 1995 (the data are not available via the UK Data Service), 1998 and has run annually since 2003-2004. For an up-to-date list of available datasets, see the DATA ACCESS section on this page.
Most years of the WHS are available in SPSS, STATA and ASCII format.
Yes, data are available at the person level only.
The current WHS series began in 2003-2004 and has run annually since.
The new WHS replaces two previous study series: the previous WHS, conducted in 1995 (not currently available via the UK Data Service) and 1998 and the Health in Wales Survey which was conducted five times in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1996 (not currently available via the UK Data Service). Results from the new WHS survey are not comparable with those from the previous surveys, because of differences in the questionnaires and survey methodology.
Variable lists and PDF user guides, including questionnaires, are freely available in the documentation section of the catalogue page for each survey. To find a survey catalogue page, follow the link from this page under DATA ACCESS or from the Discover results pages.
Yes, weights are provided for the new WHS and 1998 WHS. See the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey for more information about weighting this survey.
Reports for 2003-2004 onwards are available in English and Welsh from the Welsh Government website. The WHS 1998 report is available to download among the documentation on the WHS 1998 catalogue page.
Yes. England, Scotland 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 Welsh Health Survey for teaching
Two teaching datasets based on the WHS have been produced, both held at the UK Data Service.
See our teaching pages for practical information, exemplars, and tips for using UK Data Service data in teaching, including: