National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)
The NSHD is the oldest of the British birth cohort studies, is unique in having data from birth to age 60 years on the health and social circumstances of a representative sample of men and women born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946.
- Main Topics/Subject Category
- Data available includes family characteristics and birth information. Detailed data on family, health (blood pressure, respiratory function, anthropometric measures, blood lipids, HbA1C, morbidity and mortality), exercise, smoking and diet have been collected along the life course
Childhood weight and height, childhood developmental milestones, puberty, cognitive development, educational achievement, illness, behaviour and temperament, characteristics of the parents, the home and the school, blood pressure, lung function, body size and shape, mental and physical health, menopause, cognitive and physical capability, health related behaviours (including diet), marital and fertility histories and life circumstances.
- Weight, height, development, puberty, cognitive development, education, illness, behaviour, blood pressure, lung function, body size and shape, mental and physical health, menopause, cognitive and physical capability, health related behaviours, diet, marital status, fertility
- Identifier Variables
- Area of Health System
- Public health
- Data collecting organization (s)
- Medical Research Council
- Data Type
- Survey (longitudinal)
- Coverage (date of field work)
- Depends on indicator
- Unit of Analysis
Approximately 5362 of men and women born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946.
- Medical research council
- Conditions of Access
- Free registration access
- Richards M, et al. Birthweight, postnatal growth and cognitive function in a national UK birth cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology 2002; 31: 342-348