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Scottish Health Survey: Results for Local Areas 2013/2014/2015/2016; October 2017

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Background

This report summarises key statistics from the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) for each NHS Board area and some Local Authority areas in Scotland.

A detailed set of web tables including these results is available on the Scottish Health Survey web pages.

The survey has been carried out continuously since 2008 and, prior to this, was carried out in 1995, 1998 and 2003. It was designed to:

  • estimate the prevalence of particular health conditions in Scotland
  • estimate the prevalence of certain risk factors associated with these health conditions and to document the pattern of related health behaviours
  • look at differences between regions and between subgroups of the population in the extent of their having these particular health conditions or risk factors, and to make comparisons with other national statistics for Scotland and other parts of the UK
  • monitor trends in the population's health over time
  • make a major contribution to monitoring progress towards health targets.

The 2013-2016 surveys were designed to yield a representative sample of the general population living in private households in Scotland every year. This report is based on SHeS data over that four year period, providing representative health board level and local authority level data for adults aged 16 and over, and coincides with the release of the 2016 annual report.

Figures are not presented for all local authorities, as to ensure the robustness of published findings, results were not included where the sample size was below 500 participants.

Full information about the Scottish Health Survey is available in the annual main reports and technical reports, including details about survey design, sampling methodology and policy context.