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The aim of the study was to estimate the number of cases of gastro-enteritis, or Infectious Intestinal Diseases (IID) occurring in the population of England, and to find out how many people with IID consulted their GPs and how these numbers compared with the numbers in national surveillance.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Microbiology, information on general practices and age/sex distribution of general practice registered population.
England, age, bacterial and virus diseases, cleaning, costs, debilitative illness, diarrhoea, digestive system disorders, economic activity, educational background, ethnic groups, food, food contamination, food control, food poisoning, food preparation, food storage, gender, general practitioners, health consultations, hospital outpatient services, hospitalization, household pets, households, ill health, marital status, medical care, medicinal drugs, occupations, pathology, personal hygiene, religious food customs, sick leave, social class, social disadvantage, socio-economic status, state health services, symptoms, transmission of disease, water properties
Identifier Variables
County, FHSA. HA, LA, standard regions
Area of Health System
Primary care, Public health
Disease Area
Infectious diseases
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical Research Council. Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit
Public Health Laboratory Service
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Unit of Analysis

The data came from patients registered at 70 general practices in England, during 1993-1996. The practices are part of the MRC General Practice Research Framework. (A) 72 (target) 70 (obtained) General practices. (B) 16462 (target) 9776 (obtained) Eligible patients.

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