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A follow-up survey taken in 1997 to estimate the health expectancy (expected number of years of disability-free life) of people aged 65 years and over, who were previously interviewed in the 1994 'General Household Survey'. The key data required were those which would to be monitored, but a further aim was to collect information on related issues such as the use of long term care services.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Household information, health state, EuroQol (standardized non disease-specific instrument for describing and valuing health-related quality of life), sight and hearing, mental state, mobility and self-care, continence, getting out, domestic tasks, informal care, use of services, smoking and alcohol use, income, moving home, standard measures etc
Great Britain, adopted children, adults, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, apartments, assault, attitudes, bank accounts, bathrooms, bedrooms, binge drinking, bonus payments, care of dependants, central heating, chronic illness, cinema attendance, cohabitation, colour television receivers, communities, compact disc players, company cars, computers, consumer goods, cooking, costs, council tax, crime, criminal damage, cultural goods, cultural participation, debilitative illness, debts, dental examinations, dental health, disabilities, diseases, divorce, domestic appliances, drinking behaviour, elderly, ethnic groups, families, family benefits, family environment, family members, family planning, father's occupational status, father's place of birth, financial difficulties, financial resources, financial support, fuels, full-time employment, furnished accommodation, further education, gender, general practitioners, groups, heads of household, health, health consultations, health professionals, health services, higher education, home ownership, home sharing, hospital outpatient services, hospital services, hospitalization, hospitalized children, household budgets, household income, households, houses, housing, housing age, housing benefits, housing facilities, housing tenure, income, income-related benefits, industries, infants, job hunting, job seeker's allowance, kitchens, landlords, leisure time activities, marital history, marital status, marriage, marriage dissolution, medical care, medical prescriptions, men, mobile homes, mortgages, mother's occupational status, mother's place of birth, motor vehicles, national identity, neighbourhoods, noise pollution, nurses, occupational pensions, occupational qualifications, occupational training, occupations, one-parent families, parents, part-time employment, patients, payments, pension contributions, pensions, physicians, place of birth, pregnancy, prices, private health services, private personal pensions, public services, qualifications, rented accommodation, rents, residential mobility, road traffic, room sharing, rooms, same-sex relationships
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1994, 1995, 1997
Unit of Analysis

1,426 respondents of the 1994 GHS aged 65 years and over at the time of the original GHS interview.

Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Tel: 02088763444
Payne J. Does Unemployment Run in Families? Some Findings from the General Household Survey. Sociology 1987; 21(2): 199-214