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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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FOREWORD FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

This report presents the findings of the fifth Scottish Health Survey and is the second report published following the redesign of the survey after a major review in 2005/2006. It has been commissioned by the Scottish Government and produced by a collaboration between the Scottish Centre for Social Research, the MRC/ CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.

Key public health trends and targets for adults are updated and discussed, but much of the focus of this year's report is on children, recognising the importance of children's health and wellbeing not only to the child population but to health improvement in Scotland as a whole. Some of the key analyses included in the report explore the relationships between parental health and behaviour and their children's health.

I am pleased to welcome this valuable report and to thank the Scottish Centre for Social Research, the MRC/ CSOSPHSU and UCL for their hard work in conducting the survey and preparing this report. Most importantly, I would also like to thank the 7,531 adults, and 2,607 children who gave their time to participate in the 2009 survey. The information they have provided is invaluable in developing and monitoring public health policy in Scotland.

Dr Harry Burns
Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
Scottish Government Health Directorates