Responses to the consultation were submitted using the Scottish Government consultation platform Citizen Space, by email and by hard copy. It should be noted that the numbers responding to each question is not always the same as the numbers presented in the respondent group table. Only some of the respondents answered all of the questions; others chose to comment on the questions (or sections) of relevance to their organisation, sector or field of interest. The report indicates the number of respondents who commented on each question.
The Scottish Government Public Health Policy Team examined all comments made by respondents and noted the range of issues highlighted in responses including reasons for opinions, specific examples or explanations, alternative suggestions or other comments. Grouping these issues together into common themes allowed the Policy Team to identify whether any particular theme was specific to a particular respondent group or groups.