Publication - Statistics

Scottish Health Survey 2017 - volume one: main report

Published: 25 Sep 2018
Population Health Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care, Research, Statistics

Presents results for the Scottish Health Survey 2017, providing information on the health and factors relating to health of people living in Scotland.

References and notes

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20. The questions used in the survey since 1998 are based on the Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey, a major study of physical activity among the adult population in England carried out in 1990. For further details see: Health Education Authority. Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey. Health Education Authority and Sports Council, London. 1992

21. Bromley C. (2013) Chapter 6: Physical Activity. In Rutherford L, Hinchliffe S and Sharp C (eds.) Scottish Health Survey 2012 – Volume 1: Main Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available from:

22. Bromley C. (2013) Chapter 6: Physical Activity. In Rutherford L, Hinchliffe S and Sharp C (eds.) Scottish Health Survey 2012 – Volume 1: Main Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available from:

23. The questions on child physical activity included in SHeS since 1998 are based on the 1997 Health Survey for England (HSE) children's physical activity module.

24. Page 20-30.

25. Figures for walking are not comparable with those reported in previous years An adjustment has been made to account for the fact that slower walking can require as much exertion for older adults as brisk walking does for younger ones. For adults aged 65 or above, all walking was included in the MVPA calculations if the respondent reported that the walking exerted them.