Our first thank you is to the 7,544 adults, and 1,987 children, who gave up their time voluntarily to take part in the 2011 survey and welcomed our interviewers and nurses into their homes.
We would also like to thank those colleagues who contributed to the survey and this report. In particular we would like to thank:
- All the interviewers and nurses who worked on the project. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for the dedication and professionalism they applied to their work.
- The authors of the chapters: Paul Bradsaw, Joan Corbett, Julie Day, Mira Doig, Shanna Dowling, Wissam Gharib, Linsay Gray, Tessa Hill, Alastair Leyland, Sally McManus, Jennifer Mindell, Kevin Pickering, Susan Reid, Marilyn Roth and Rachel Whalley.
- Joan Corbett and Jackie Palmer, whose hard work and expertise has been crucial in preparing the survey data, and for conducting much of the analysis in this report.
- Other research colleagues, in particular: Simon Anderson, Lesley Birse and Andy MacGregor (ScotCen Social Research); Rachel Craig, Susan Nunn and Kelly Ward (NatCen Social Research); Melissa Shapero (ScotCen/ University of St Andrews), Caitlin McLean (ScotCen/University of Edinburgh).
- Emma Fenn and the rest of the NatCen Social Research Operations team.
- Jean Vallance and her deputy area manager and interviewer team leaders.
- Sue Nash and her nurse supervisors.
- The principal programmers: Iain Templeton and Sven Sjodin.
- The Survey Doctors: Dr Sangeeta Dhami and Professor Aziz Sheikh.
We would also like to express our thanks Dr Linda Wilson of the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, and the laboratory staff at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, and to Dr Colin Feyerabend and his staff at ABS Laboratories in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, for their continuing helpfulness and efficiency in processing and analysing the blood, saliva and urine samples.
Ethical approval for the study was granted by the Research Committee for Wales (08/MRE09/62). 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 Ramsay, Carrie Graham and Rosalia Munoz-Arroyo and their colleagues in the Scottish Government Health Directorates, for their support at all stages of the project.
Lisa Rutherford, Clare Sharp and Catherine Bromley
Email: Julie Ramsay