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Scottish Health Survey: design and content

This section provides a summary of the Scottish Health Survey design, details of the achieved sample size for previous surveys.

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Scottish Health Survey: design and content
Survey content

Survey content

Most of the questions are asked by an interviewer using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), i.e. via a laptop computer. Questions which are more sensitive in nature are asked via a self-completion booklet (see below for details) or a Computer Assisted Self-Interview (CASI) via a laptop computer.

Each Scottish Health Survey questionnaire consists of core questions which are asked every year (see topics below) and also questions in a rotating (biennial) module (see topics below).

Core Content

The core content of the Scottish Health Survey 2008-2011 surveys is listed below:

  • Household composition
  • General health
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and use of services
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Physical activity
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Eating habits (children)
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Dental health
  • Socio-economic core (including economic activity, education, ethnicity and religion)
  • mental health
  • contraception
  • Height and weight

The topics covered in 2012-2015 remains broadly the same, with the addition of questions on problematic gambling.    For details of specific changes made to questions within topics, please refer to the questionnaire review report.

Rotating biennial module

2008/2010

The module content of the 2008 and 2010 surveys was as follows:

  • Respiratory and CVD symptoms
  • Asthma
  • TV viewing and outdoor physical activity - adults and children
  • Eating habits - adults (questions are asked of children in the core survey)

2009/2011

In 2009 and 2011 the module content was as follows:

  • Accidents
  • Dental services
  • Social capital
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Stress at work

2012/2014

In 2012 and 2014 the module content is broadly similar to that in 2008 and 2010:

  • Respiratory and CVD symptoms (reduced set of questions)
  • Asthma (reduced set of questions)
  • Barriers and motivations to sport
  • Eating habits - adults (questions are asked of children in the core survey)

2013 / 2015

In 2013 and 2015 the module content is broadly similar to that in 2009 and 2011:

  • Accidents
  • Dental services
  • Social capital
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Stress at work

Refer to the questionnaire review report for detailed changes to questions.

Knowledge, Attitudes and Motivations to Health (KAM) Module (previously HEPS)

This annual Scottish Health Survey Module (2008-2011 only) contained questions concerning health related knowledge, attitudes and behavioural motivations. It was a replacement for the Health Education Population Survey (HEPS) which was previously run by NHS Health Scotland.

This has been discontinued in 2012.

Nurse Module

The content of the nurse module (2008-2011) is detailed below:

  • details of prescribed drugs
  • vitamin supplements
  • food poisoning
  • depression, anxiety and self-harm
  • nicotine replacement products
  • blood pressure
  • waist and hip circumferences
  • demi-span
  • lung function
  • blood sample
  • saliva sample (for cotinine)
  • urine sample (for dietary sodium)

From 2012 this is replaced by the interviewer administered biological module.  This contains:

  • details of prescribed drugs (less detailed than previously)
  • vitamin supplements (less detailed than previously)
  • depression, anxiety and self-harm
  • nicotine replacement products
  • blood pressure
  • waist circumference
  • saliva sample (for cotinine)
  • urine sample (for dietary sodium)