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Bhutan STEPS Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Survey 2004


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Prevalence of NCD Risk Factors among patients in the outpatient department of JDWNR Hospital
Bhutan (BTN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
03/2004 - 03/2004
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Health facility
  • Individual

The STEPS Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Survey uses a survey methodology developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help countries establish noncommunicable disease surveillance systems. Some surveys are conducted at the country level and others at the subnational level. The methodology prescribes three steps—questionnaire, physical measurements, and biochemical measurements. Core topics covered by most surveys are demographics, health status, and health behaviors. These provide data on socioeconomic risk factors and metabolic, nutritional, and lifestyle risk factors. Details may differ from country to country and from year to year. 

The Bhutan survey was a hospital-based survey conducted at the Outpatient Department of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. A cross-sectional sample design was used to produce pilot data representative of patients in that unit ages 35 and older. A total of 410 adults participated in the survey.