The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England. The survey was commissioned by the Department of Health and since April 2005 the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The survey consists of an interview and nurse visit. It has a series of core elements that are included every year and special topics that are included in selected years. Core topics include general health, smoking, drinking and fruit and vegetable consumption, height, weight, blood pressure measurements and blood and saliva samples. Special topics include cardiovascular disease, physical activity, accidents, lung function measurement and certain blood analytes. The trend tables focus upon key changes in core topics and measurements.
On 21 April 2006 the following corrections were made to the Health Survey trend tables:
i. Table Ad6_BMI, to give correct figures for weighted and unweighted BMI status for women for 2004.
ii. Trend commentary, to remove reference to 1993 in the table 12 commentary on alcohol consumption.