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United Kingdom Health Survey for England 2008-2009 - UK Data Service


General Info
Original or alternative title 
HSE 2008
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2008 - 04/2009
Series or system 
United Kingdom Health Survey for England (HSE)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview

The Health Survey for England (HSE) 2008 was the eighteenth in the series of annual surveys conducted in private households since 1994. The primary focus of the 2008 survey was physical activity and fitness.  

The questionnaire included modules on general health, alcohol consumption, smoking, and fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as questions about physical activity. The survey also provided the following objective measures of health: blood pressure, anthropometric measurements, and analysis of saliva and non-fasting blood samples. In a subsample of households, up to two participants were selected and asked to wear an accelerometer for a week.

Out of a core sample of 16,056 households and a boost sample of 19,404 children, a total of 15,102 adults and 7,521 children were interviewed. Nurse visits were conducted among 10,740 adults and 2,464 children to collect measurements and ask additional questions.

Alcohol use, Analgesics, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Asthma, Birth weight, Blood disorders, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Body mass index, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Child anthropometry, Cholesterol, Cholesterol tests, Chronic respiratory diseases, Claudication, Conduction disorders and other dysrhythmias, DTP vaccines, Diabetes, Diet, Dietary supplements, Digestive diseases, Disability, Drug consumption, EQ-5D, Education, Education degrees, Employment, Employment benefits, Secondhand smoke, Ethnicity, Family composition, Family size, Fish, Folic acid supplements, Fruits and vegetables, Health care use, Health education, Health literacy, Health status, Height, Hib vaccines, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Immunization, Income, Infectious diseases, Injuries, Insulin, Iron deficiency, Ischemic heart disease, Leisure activities, MMR vaccines, Marital status, Measles vaccines, Medical tests, Medicines, Meningococcal vaccines, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Mumps vaccines, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Obesity, Occupations, Pain, Physical activity, Pneumococcal vaccines, Polio vaccines, Pregnancy, Prescriptions, Processed foods, Public social assistance, Rubella vaccines, Sense organ diseases, Skin diseases, Stroke, Tobacco smoking, Transplants, Transportation, Urinary diseases, Urine tests, Vaccination cards, Weight, Absenteeism, Alcohol use disorders, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Asperger's syndrome, Assets, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Autism, Bipolar affective disorder, Community health clinics, Counseling, Drug use disorders, Epilepsy, Financial assistance for health, Fruits, Health insurance, Health promotion, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Hearing tests, Hospitals, Household air pollution, Household expenditures, Hygiene, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Illicit drug use, Incontinence, Influenza vaccines, Intentional injuries, Limited mobility, Mobility aids, Needles, Nursing homes, Race, Religion, Schizophrenia, School enrollment, Self-inflicted injuries, Self-treatment, Suicide, Taxes, Telephones, Tobacco, Unipolar depressive disorders, Vegetables, Vision loss, FFQ