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Scottish Health Survey

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Aim

The Scottish Health Survey gives us an accurate picture of the state of health in Scotland.

The latest report is from 2015 and you read the full report  and a summary of the findings on the Scottish Government website.

It provides information about how healthy people are, what health services people use and examines the health and behaviour of different groups in society.

The data we collect also informs the Scottish Government National Performance Framework and feeds into nationwide health strategy.

Topics in the latest report  

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • general health and multiple conditions
  • dental health
  • alcohol consumption
  • smoking
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • accidents.

Methodology

The Scottish Health Survey was first conducted in 1995 and then again in 1998 and 2003 and has been carried out annually since 2008.

Since 2008 there has been a core set of questions and topics that are included every year and a series of topics that are rotated and included biennially.  You can see the core and module questions on the Scottish Government site.