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The National Surveys of NHS Patients programme comprises a series of surveys designed to contribute to monitoring the performance of the NHS as seen from the patient's perspective.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Visiting your general practitioner, nurses at GP practice, out of hours care, hospital referrals, general health and basic demographic information
England, age, antenatal care, attitudes, care of dependants, care of the sick, chiropody, chiropractic, choice, clinical tests and measurements, counsellors, debilitative illness, depression, disabled facilities, doctor-patient relationship, economic activity, emotional states, employees, employment history, ethnic groups, family planning clinics, gender, general practitioners, health, health consultations, health professionals, health services, hospital waiting lists, hospitalization, households, ill health, information, information needs, interpersonal communication, interpersonal relations, languages, managers, marital status, medical care, medical centres, medical examinations, medical partnerships, medical practices, medical records, nurses, office workers, organizations, pain, patients, physicians, physiotherapy, redress of grievances, referral, self-employed, state health services, supervisory status, surgery
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Quality measure, Proxies
Area of Health System
Primary care
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research and Department of Health
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

145,675 adults aged 18 or over on the on the English Electoral Register in 2002

ESDS, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Coulter A and Elwyn G, What do patients want from high-quality general practice and how do we involve them in improvement? Br J Gen Pract 2002; 52(Suppl): S22–S26