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The survey provides data at both national and regional level about the population living in private households in England.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Attitudes and behaviour on key aspects of lifestyle - smoking, drinking, eating and physical activity
England, accidents, acupuncture, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, anthropometric data, anxiety, attitudes, bacterial and virus, diseases, bedrooms, cardiovascular diseases, child behaviour, child care, child nutrition, child psychology, children, chronic illness, clinical tests and measurements, clubs, cohabitation, concentration, confectionery, confusion, cooking, cultural identity, cycling, dairy products, day centres, debilitative illness, dental care, diabetes, diet and nutrition, digestive system disorders, economic activity, edible fats, educational background, emotional development, emotional states, employees, employment, employment history, endocrine disorders, ethnic groups, exercise, families, family benefits, fathers, food, friends, fruit, furnished accommodation, gardening, gender, happiness, heads of household, health, health act 2006, health advice, health consultations, health professionals, health services, hearing impairments, heart diseases, height (physiology), hospital outpatient services, hospitalization, household income, households, housework, housing benefits, housing tenure, human settlement
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

The early surveys, from 1991 to 1994, were confined to adults ages 16 and over but since 1995 HSE has also included children aged 2-15. Sample size for 2007: 14,386 cases (individual file), 24,910 cases (household file), 2006: 21,399 cases (individual file), 30,068 cases (household file), 2005: 13,297 cases.

ESDS, UK Data Archive and NHS information centre (1995-2006 only)
Conditions of Access
Free access, Free registration access
Link NHS information center:[…]/health-survey-for-england