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The OPCS/ONS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain aim to provide up-to-date information about the prevalence of psychiatric problems among people in Great Britain, as well as their associated social disabilities and use of services. The series started in 1993.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Type of institutions; length of stay; psychiatric diagnoses; physical illness; use of services; receipt of medication and therapy; economic activity; financial circumstances; difficulties with activities of daily living; extent of social support from family and friends; participation in leisure activities; cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and problems, drug use and dependence.

Type of institutions, length of stay, neurotic symptoms, psychiatric diagnoses, physical illness, use of services, receipt of medication and therapy, economic activity, financial circumstances, difficulties with activities of daily living, extent of social support from family and friends, participation in leisure activities, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and problems, drug use, dependence.

Great Britain, absenteeism, adult education institutions, adults, age, aggressiveness, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, alcoholism, amphetamines, anger, anxiety, anxiety disorders, assault, attendance, attitudes, behavioural disorders, building maintenance, cancer, cannabis, cardiovascular diseases, care in the community, care of dependants, careers guidance, charitable organizations, chronic illness, clubs, cocaine, communities, concentration, contraceptive devices, cooperation, counselling, counsellors, cultural events, day centres, death, decision making, depression, diet and nutrition, digestive system disorders, disabilities, disabled facilities, disadvantaged groups, diseases, dismissal, doctor-patient relationship, domestic responsibilities, domestic safety, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug-psychotherapy, combination treatment, drugs, economic activity, ecstasy (drug), educational background, emergency and protective services, emotional disturbances, emotional states, employees, employment, employment history, employment services, endocrine disorders, entertainment, epilepsy, ethnic groups, everyday life, expectation, families, family environment, family life, family members, fatigue (physiology), fear, financial resources, frequency, friends, full-time employment, future, gambling, gardening, gender, general practitioners, haematologic diseases, hallucinogenic drugs, happiness, health, health consultations, health professionals, health services, heroin, hobbies, home brewing, home help, home sharing, home visits, hospital services, hospitalization, household budgets, household head's occupational status, housing, housing tenure, human behaviour, human settlement, income, injuries, interpersonal communication, interpersonal conflict, interpersonal influence, interpersonal relations, job hunting, legal decisions, legislation, leisure time activities, libraries, listening to the radio, local government, lodging houses, love, managers, manual workers, marital status, marriage dissolution, medical care
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate, Individual

Adults aged 16-64 years living in institutions catering specifically for people with mental illness in Great Britain. Weighted sample size was 1191

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