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Cohort Profile: The Health Survey for England

Mindell, J; Biddulph, JP; Hirani, V; Stamatakis, E; Craig, R; Nunn, S; Shelton, N; (2012) Cohort Profile: The Health Survey for England. International Journal of Epidemiology , 41 (6) 1585 - 1593. 10.1093/ije/dyr199. Green open access

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Abstract

To monitor the health of the public in England, UK, the Central Health Monitoring Unit within the UK Department of Health commissioned an annual health examination survey, which became known as the Health Survey for England (HSE). The first survey was completed in 1991. The HSE covers all of England and is a nationally representative sample of those residing at private residential addresses. Each survey year consists of a new sample of private residential addresses and people. The HSE collects detailed information on mental and physical health, health-related behaviour, and objective physical and biological measures in relation to demographic and socio-economic characteristics of people aged 16 years and over at private residential addresses. There are two parts to the HSE; an interviewer visit, to conduct an interview and measure height and weight, then a nurse visit, to carry out further measurements and take biological samples. Since 1994, survey participants aged 16 years and over have been asked for consent to follow-up through linkage to mortality and cancer registration data, and from 2003, to the Hospital Episode Statistics database, thus converting annual cross-sectional survey data into a longitudinal study. Annual survey data (1994–2009) are available through the UK Data Archive.

Type: Article
Title: Cohort Profile: The Health Survey for England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyr199
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyr199
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2012; all rights reserved. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Epidemiology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Int. J. Epidemiol. (2012) doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr199 First published online: January 9, 2012 is available online at: http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/08/ije.dyr199 PubMed ID: 22253315
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1326325
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