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The purpose of the 1995 Health Education Monitoring Survey (HEMS) was to provide a baseline measure of a set of health promotion indicators relating to health-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour (which were developed by the Health Education Authority) of a sample of adults aged 16-74. The aim of subsequent surveys is to measure any change against this baseline.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Household characteristics; socio-demographic characteristics of respondents; general health; skin cancer; smoking; alcohol drinking; physical activity; nutrition; sexual health.

Household characteristics, socio-demographic characteristics of respondents, general health, skin cancer, smoking, alcohol drinking, physical activity, nutrition, sexual health.

England, advice, age, AIDS (disease), air pollution, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, appointment to job, attitudes, building maintenance, cardiovascular diseases, care of dependants, cereal products, cereals, children, cohabitation, contraceptive devices, diet and nutrition, disabilities, disabled persons, diseases, domestic responsibilities, economic activity, edible fats, employees, employment, employment history, ethnic groups, examinations, exercise, exposure to the sun, food, food additives, frequency, fruit, furnished accommodation, gardening, gender, heads of household, health, health foods, health professionals, health promotion and education, heart diseases, HIV infections, home ownership, homosexuality, household head's economic activity, household head's occupation, households, housework, housing, housing tenure, income, industries, information, interpersonal relations, job description, job hunting, knowledge (awareness), leisure time activities, life styles, lung cancer, managers, marital status, milk, mortgages, motor vehicles, nutrients, occupations, partnerships (personal), physical activities, physicians, pollution, potatoes, pregnancy, professional consultations, qualifications, rented accommodation, retirement
Identifier Variables
Standard regions
Area of Health System
Public health
Disease Area
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Unit of Analysis

Adults aged 16-74 years living in private households in England. 1995 Weighted sample size: 9,210
1996 Weighted sample size: 8,928
1997 Weighted sample size: 8,250
1998 Weighted sample size: 10,955

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
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