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The Health Survey for England is an annual survey that looks at changes in the health and lifestyles of people throughout the country. These tables describe what topics were included each year of the survey from 1993 to 2019.

The Health Survey for England provides vital information which is used by central and local government for reviewing policies, monitoring health trends and planning future services. It's also used by researchers, academics and charities interested in public health. 

The survey provides information about adults aged 16 and over, and children aged 0 to 15, living in private households in England. Participants are interviewed at home, followed by a nurse visit to take some measurements.

The tables below show which topics are covered in each year of the survey. There are core topics that are reported each year as well as other topics that change over time, subject to funding. The most recently published survey is Health Survey for England 2018, published on 3 December 2019.

Health Survey for England content 1993-2019

The tables below can help you identify, at a glance, the publication and dataset that contains the information you require for 2010-2019. You can find information about earlier years in this excel document.

Household interview

Topic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Car ownership
Code HRP2
Economic status/occupation
Heating/cooking appliances                  
Household composition
Household income
Household pets                  
Household relationships
Household size 
Mould/dampness                  
Smoking in household
Disability benefits    
Tenure + no. of bedrooms
Type of dwelling and area
Learning Difficulties (adult screening question)                

2 HRP: Household reference person

Individual interview

Topic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Acute sickness
Asthma/wheeze                
Attitudes to the NHS 16+                  
Attitudes to planning for future social care 30+                  
Behavioural problems                
Birthweight (children)        

Carers’ responsibilities 16+

                 
Chest pain and claudication                  
Chronic pain                
Cider consumption 8+                  
CVD 16+                
Diabetes (doctor-diagnosed) 16+
Drinking 8+ 14
Economic status/occupation 16+
Education attainment 16+
End of life care                
Ethnic group
Every Mind Matters 16+                  
Eyesight problems 16+                  
Fruit and vegetables 5+   10  
General health, longstanding illness 28
Good Thinking campaign 16+                  
Happiness                
Hay fever                  
Hearing difficulties 16+                  
Height/weight measurement
Hypertension (doctor-diagnosed) 16+
Job quality (autonomy, support, demand, security)        
Kidney disease 16+                  
Limiting longstanding illness
National identity (8-15 in self comp, 16+ in CAPI)  
Oral/dental health 16+              
Personal Care Plan 16+      
Physical activity (adult) 16+                
Physical activity (child)                
Planning for future care (30+)                  
Respiratory problems 7+                  
Self-reported height and weight 16+        
Shingles and stroke                  
Smoking 8+ 25
Social care receipt 16+   2 2 2, 13 2 2, 13
Social care provision 16+      
Social marketing (Healthy Foundations segmentation)                  
Swine flu                  
Use of health services 16+            

Aged 65+
10 Aged 5-15
13 Sub-set of module
14 Aged 13+
25 Revised questions
28 Details of specific health conditions not collected

Paper self-completion

Topic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Attitudes and knowledge about health 16+                  
Attitudes to mental health stigma 16+                  
Contraception 16+ 5                  
Drinking experiences 16+   24                
Eating disorder screener -SCOFF 16+                  
EuroQol/ EQ-5D (incl VAS) 16+ 17        
Gambling screen 16+            
GHQ12 13+          
Incontinence 65+ 27   18 16    
Learning difficulties 16+                
ONS wellbeing question 16+            
Parent perception of child’s weight        
Perception of current weight (8-15)      
Perception of current weight (16+)          
Physical activity (IPAQ) 16+     11,30 13    
Religion
Sexual health 16-69   8              
Sexual orientation 16+  
Strengths and difficulties (SDQ) (parents of children 4-15)                
Use of cycle helmets (8-12)                  
Well-being (WEMWBS) 16+ 11   14    

5 Extended module on contraception for men and women
11 Collected in nurse visit
13 Sub-set of module
14 Aged 13+
16 Aged 45+
17 Aged 8+
18 Aged 18+
30 Asked in the fourth quarter of fieldwork only.

Nurse visits

Questions 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Folic acid
Mental health diagnosis, treatment, self-harm 16+                  
Nicotine replacements 16+  
Prescribed medicines
Weight management 16+                  
Liver and kidney 16+                  

 

Measurements 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Blood pressure 5+
Hearing test 16+                  
Lung function 7+                  
Waist/hip circumference 11+

 

Samples 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Blood sample – ALT (liver enzyme)                   
Blood sample – AST (liver enzyme)                  
Blood sample - creatinine                
Blood sample - Cystatin C                   
Blood sample – flu antibodies                
Blood sample – glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c)
Blood sample – Haemoglobin (Hb)                  
Blood sample – HDL cholesterol
Blood sample –  Platelets                  
Blood sample – total cholesterol
Blood sample – vitamin D                  
Saliva sample - cotinine 4+ 4 4 4
Urine sample 16+ – sodium, potassium, creatinine            
Urine sample 16+ – albumin                
Urine sample - melatonin 35+                  

Children aged 4-15

Last edited: 18 December 2019 4:50 pm