Indicators of population health and related risk factors from the Scottish Health Survey.
|Indicator (S He S)||
(showing types of area available in these data)
Note: These may be large files.
The Scottish Health Survey aims to provide reliable and representative information on the health of people living in Scotland that cannot be obtained from other sources. The principal focus of the survey is cardiovascular disease and related risk factors. The survey first ran in 1995, then again in 1998, 2003 and continuously since 2008. Currently, approximately 4,800 adults and 1,800 children participate in the survey each year. The survey is designed to produce national estimates every year and NHS Board level estimates every four years.
The topics covered by the survey include: general health, mental wellbeing, alcohol consumption, smoking, diet patterns, obesity, long-term conditions, respiratory health, problem gambling, dental health and physical activity. The survey includes physical and biological measurements, including height, weight and waist circumference measurements (used to detect risk of obesity related disease), a saliva sample (used to detect salivary cotinine levels), a urine sample (used to detect dietary salt intake) and blood pressure (used to detect undiagnosed hypertension Biological measurements are taken from a sub-sample of approximately 1,000 adults per year, while physical (height and weight) measurements cover the full sample. Data from the survey are linked to medical health records for consenting participants.
Further information on the survey is available online: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey
Survey results are not released in a form that reveals the identity of individual participants. Participants are provided assurances that their information will only be used for statistical and research purposes in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Scottish Government's corporate policy on confidentiality.
Statistical Disclosure Control procedures, including variable removal, top coding and recoding and used to ensure that survey microdata, available via the UK Data Service, does not reveal the identity of individuals.
Survey participants who provide their written consent may be asked to take part in follow-up research projects. Data for participants who provide their written consent are linked to medical health records to enable further analysis.
A detailed description of the Data Quality Control processes applied in the collection, data entry, data cleaning and documentation of Scottish Health Survey data is published on the following webpage: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/SHeSAnalystHelp
The survey is currently designed to yield a representative sample of the general population living in private households in Scotland every year. Estimates at NHS Health Board level are available over a four year reporting period. Those living in institutions, who are likely to be older and, on average, in poorer health than those in private households, were outwith the scope of the survey. This should be borne in mind when interpreting the survey findings.
The survey uses a clustered, stratified multi-stage sample design. In addition, weights are applied when obtaining survey estimates.
Key changes to the survey methodology taking effect from 2012 are described in the 2014 Technical Report: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00485587.pdf
These include changes in sample size, the introduction of interviewer administered biological modules, the inclusion of a set of harmonised core survey questions aligned with other Scottish Government population surveys and changes over time to the sampling and weighting methodology.
The National Statistician commissioned a piece of work to examine comparability and coherency between official statistics published by the four nations of the UK with the aim of ensuring there was clarity on the suitability of comparability across the UK. The review was carried out by a Government Statistical Service (GSS) Task and Finish Group on Comparability (TFG). The findings include guidance on comparing statistics on three of the topics covered by SHeS: alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity.
Detailed survey documentation is available on the Scottish Health Survey webpages at the following address: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/SHeSAnalystHelp
Users may also submit a special dataset request for their own analysis following the guidance and proforma at the following web address: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/SHeSDatasets
Disclosure controlled survey microdata are available to registered researchers via the UK Data Service.
The Scottish Health Survey is used to monitor indicators on general health, physical activity, mental wellbeing and the proportion of healthy weight children in the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework (NPF). It is also one of the sources used to monitor estimates of healthy life expectancy in the NPF. The survey is used to monitor, evaluate and develop Scottish Government health policy strategies and is used to support NHS Boards plan services. Survey data linked to medical health records are used in wider academic research exploring various health risk factors.
SHeS was first run in 1995, then 1998, 2003 and has been in the field continuously since 2008. Annual statistics publications presenting nationally representative results are published, typically in September the following year. The latest NHS Board estimates refer to survey years 2008-2011 with the next update expected in 2016 (for survey years 2012-2015).
Revisions and corrections to previously published Scottish Health Survey data are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy on revisions and corrections. We undertake to publish any corrections to the published data as soon as they become available.
Details of previous revisions are published on the following Scottish Health Survey webpage: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/Publications#a2
This is a linked data resource: it has a permanent unique uri at which both humans and machines can find it on the Internet, and which can be used an identifier in queries on our SPARQL endpoint.
A linked data-orientated view of dimensions and values
Indicator (S He S)
|(not locked to a value)|
|(not locked to a value)|
|(not locked to a value)|
|(not locked to a value)|
Linked Data is stored in graphs. We keep dataset contents (the data) separately from the metadata, to make it easier for you to find exactly what you need.
The data in this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/scottish-health-survey
The data structure definition for this data cube dataset is stored in the same graph as the data: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/scottish-health-survey
All other metadata about this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/scottish-health-survey/metadata
A breakdown by type of the 79 resources in this dataset's data graph.
|Resource type||Number of resources|
|Data structure definition||1|
In addition to this bookmarkable html page, this dataset metadata is also available for our robot customers in the following machine-readable formats. Please refer to the API documentation for more details.
|dataset metadata||JSON RDF/XML Turtle N-Triples Atom|