Firstly, we would like to thank the 4,903 adults and 1,978 children across Scotland for giving up their time to participate in the 2019 survey and for welcoming our interviewers into their home.
We would also like to thank those colleagues who contributed to the survey and this report. In particular, we would like to thank:
- The interviewers who worked on the project (ScotCen Social Research and Office for National Statistics (ONS)). The success of the survey is in large part down to the commitment and professionalism they apply to their work every day.
- Konstantina Vosnaki for her meticulous work on the Scottish Health Survey this year.
- Stephen Hinchliffe for expert analysis advice and support.
- The authors of the chapters: Hannah Biggs, Shanna Christie, Victoria Wilson, Claire Elliott, Jessica Shields, Konstantina Vosnaki, Joe Rose and Line Knudson.
- Stephen Hinchliffe, Claire Elliott, Laura Brown and Ben Stocker whose hard work, attention to detail, knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to the preparation of the survey data as well as extensive analysis input to the report.
- Lucy Dean for all her work in developing and launching the 2019 survey.
- Other research colleagues and partners, in particular: Lesley Birse, Andy MacGregor (ScotCen Social Research); Jess Bailey, Ana Cristina (NatCen Social Research); Geraldine McNeil (University of Aberdeen); Linsay Gray (University of Glasgow).
- Emma Fenn and colleagues in the NatCen Social Research Operations team.
- The Natcen Head of Data Collection Warren Lovell, Area Field Manager Julie Foster, Field Performance Managers Deborah Healey, Iain McKay and Claire Hamilton as well as National Field Nurse Manager Jo Taylor, Stephen Booth, Sue Roche and Chris Bryan.
- ONS Field Operations Manager Joe Ruffell, Mandy Dalziel, Tim Vizard, Sian-Elin Wyatt, Dean Fletcher, Ellie Brodie.
- Tim Vizard, Joseph Ruffell Sian-Elin Wyatt and the fieldwork team at ONS for their continued involvement and support.
- The principal programmer, Iain Templeton.
- Bryan Mason and the team of dedicated coders.
- The Survey Doctor, Dr Sangeeta Dhami.
We would also like to express our thanks to Julie Fletcher, Helen Snowden and Dr Chris Shaw of the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, to the laboratory staff at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, and to Dr Mira Doig and colleagues at ABS Laboratories in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, for their continuing helpfulness and efficiency in processing and analysing the saliva and urine samples on the study.
Ethical approval for the study was granted by the Research Committee for Wales (17/WA/0371). We are grateful to the committee, and its co-ordinator Dr Corrine Scott, for their careful scrutiny and on-going support.
Finally, special thanks are due to Julie Landsberg, Morag Shepherd, Xanthippi Gounari, Ben Cook and colleagues in the Scottish Government Health Directorates, for their continued support at all stages of the project.
Joanne McLean and Victoria Wilson.