The Health Survey for England is an annual survey that monitors
the health of the nation. It is an authoritative source of health
statistics, with trends going back to 1993. The most recent
publication is the Health Survey for
The NHS and the Department of Health use this series to track progress towards national health targets and develop, monitor and evaluate health policy. The survey records trends in the public's health, estimates the proportion of people who have specific health conditions, and tells us about the prevalence of risk factors associated with these health conditions. You can:
Asking the right questions
People who take part in the survey are asked to complete a
health interview and a health examination. This is important
because it means that we collect objective as well as self-reported
Our interviewers speak to the general population, not just people who are in touch with health services. This allows us to capture information about undiagnosed and untreated conditions.
Each year the survey provides data on core topics such as
general health, smoking and drinking, and objective measures
including height, weight and blood pressure.
Modules of questions are also asked on specific health issues such as cardiovascular disease, physical activity or respiratory conditions. These modules vary from year to year depending on the survey focus.
The survey data may be enhanced by linking with information from the death and cancer registers and hospital episode statistics.
NatCen works in partnership with UCL to deliver the Health Survey for England. The survey is commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.