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United Kingdom - Scottish Health Survey 2012 - UK Data Service


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2012 - 12/2012
Series or system 
United Kingdom - Scottish Health Survey (SHeS)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview

The Scottish Government utilizes the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) to evaluate and monitor the health of its citizens. First conducted in 1995, the SHeS has been carried out continuously since 2008. In the first stage of each survey, data are collected through face-to-face interviews with adults ages 16+ and children ages 0-15 in private households. A set of core questions is used every year in the adult questionnaire, though rotating modules of additional questions are used for different sub-samples of this population. The same questions are used each year for the child interview. Biological samples (saliva, urine) and physical measurements are collected in the survey's second stage.

For the 2012 SHeS, 9,358 households and 6,602 individuals were sampled. The survey covered general health, respiratory symptoms and asthma, physical activity, eating habits, tobacco and alcohol use, prescription drug use, and anxiety and depression.

Alcohol use, Allergies, Analgesics, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Anxiety, Assets, Asthma, Birth control pills, Blood disorders, Blood pressure, Body mass index, Breathing difficulty, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Children, Chronic respiratory diseases, Condoms, Conduction disorders and other dysrhythmias, Congestion, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Diabetes, Diaphragms, Diet, Dietary fiber, Dietary protein, Dietary sugar, Dietary supplements, Digestive diseases, Drug consumption, Education, Emergency contraception, Employment, Employment benefits, Endocrine disorders, Secondhand smoke, Ethnicity, Family composition, Family size, Fatigue, Fish, Folic acid supplements, Food, Fruits and vegetables, Gynecological diseases, Health care use, Health status, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hospitals, Hours worked, Housing, Hypertension, IUDs, Income, Infectious diseases, Influenza vaccines, Injectable contraceptives, Insulin, Ischemic heart disease, Leisure activities, Marital status, Medicines, Mental health symptoms, Musculoskeletal diseases, Nausea, Neurological conditions, Physical activity, Pregnancy, Public social assistance, Race, Religion, Respiratory function tests, School enrollment, Self-treatment, Sense organ diseases, Sexual abstinence, Sexual behavior, Sexual sterilization, Sleep, Spermicides, Stroke, Suicide, Tobacco smoking, Traditional birth control, Transportation, Unipolar depressive disorders, Urinary tract infections, Urine tests, Vision loss, Weight, Alcohol use disorders, Animal injuries, Anxiety disorders, Atrial fibrillation and flutter, Blood glucose, Blood tests, Burns, Cardiovascular surgical procedures, Child anthropometry, Cholesterol, Cholesterol tests, Chronic kidney diseases, Dental care, Disability, Epilepsy, Falls, Female infertility, Glomerular filtration rate, Headache, Health care access, Hemoglobin, Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, Intentional injuries, Interpersonal violence, Male infertility, Maternal anthropometry, Menopause, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health diagnostic interview, Noncommunicable diseases, Occupational injuries, Oral conditions, Oral hygiene, Pain, Parental survival, Poisonings, Processed foods, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Road traffic injuries, Self-inflicted injuries, Skin diseases, Unintentional injuries, Urinary diseases, Working conditions, FFQ