About this study
The Health Survey for England 2012 includes core modules such as general health (including self care), smoking, drinking, and social care. A special focus for the 2012 survey is adult and child physical activity.
As in previous years, key measures, including blood pressure and waist and hip circumference, are obtained by our nurses from all those who give consent.
Potential policy impact
The Health Survey for England is funded by The NHS Information
Centre and informs health policy in England.
Physical activity continues to be a key public health priority. The Chief Medical Officer published in new guidelines in July 2011 recommending levels of physical activity for adults and children. The Health Survey is the primary source in measuring progress towards achieving these physical activity guidelines and targets.
Participants were selected using a random probability sample.
The survey design ensures that every address has an equal chance of
being included in the survey and the results are representative of
the English population living in private households.
Data was collected through an interview, and if participants agreed, a visit from a specially trained nurse.
Fieldwork for the 2012 survey will be completed in January 2013 with the main results published in December 2013.
How we are working
NatCen works in partnership with UCL to deliver the Health Survey for England. The survey is commissioned by The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.