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The survey focused on five principal ethnic minority groups: Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Indian, Irish and Pakistani. It aimed to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among and between these groups resident in England. A total of 4281 adults between the ages of 16 and 74 were interviewed.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Problems with relatives, with financial problems over providing necessities and payment of bills, housing problems, and difficulties in the local neighbourhood, Discrimination/harassment , Physical and Mental Health etc
England, age, alcohol consumption, anger, anxiety, anxiety disorders, asians, assault, attitudes, black people, care of dependants, choice, chronic illness, clothing communities, concentration, criminal damage, cultural identity, cultural integration, customs and traditions, debilitative illness, depression, economic activity, emotional states, employees, employment, employment history, ethnic groups, ethnic minorities, everyday life, family members, fashion, fatigue (physiology), fear, financial commitments, financial resources, free will, friends, gender, general practitioners, happiness, health, health consultations, hospital services, households, housing conditions, ill health, industries, injuries, interpersonal communication, interpersonal relations, job description, job hunting, languages, languages used at home, languages used at work, leisure time activities, marital status, medical care, memory, mental disorders, mental health, mixed marriages
Identifier Variables
Standard regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research and University College London. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

4281 adults in England aged 16-74 years, belonging to Blcabk Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Irish ethnic groups, who had been respondents to HSE 1999, and had agreed to be re-contacted. White adults aged 16-74 years, selected from HSE 1998 respondents who agreed to be re-contacted were also included in the sample. All interviews were conducted during the year 2000.

ESDS, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Sproston K and Nazroo J. Ethnic Minority Psychiatric Illness Rates in the Community (EMPIRIC). London: The Stationery Office, 2002