We firstly wish to thank the 4,894 adults and 1,839 children across Scotland for giving up their time to take part in the 2013 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. The success of the survey is in large part down to the commitment and professionalism they apply to their work every day.
- The authors of the chapters: Catherine Bromley, Julie Day, Mira Doig, Shanna Dowling, Linsay Gray, Alix Hampson, Tracey Hughes, Alastair Leyland, Geraldine McNeill, Anna Marcinkiewicz, Sarah Martin and Alexander Stannard.
- 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: Lesley Birse, Andy MacGregor, Jamie Barclay (ScotCen Social Research); Christine Bidwell, Rachel Craig, Kevin Pickering and Sean Willmott (NatCen Social Research); Melissa Schapero (ScotCen/ University of St Andrews).
- Emma Fenn and colleagues in the NatCen Social Research Operations team.
- The area manager and field performance manager as well as Sue Nash and her team of nurse supervisors.
- The principal programmer Iain Templeton.
- The Survey Doctor, Dr Sangeeta Dhami.
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 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 (12/WA/0261). 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, and her predecessor Julie Ramsay, and colleagues in the Scottish Government Health Directorates, for their continued support at all stages of the project.
Lisa Rutherford, Stephen Hinchliffe and Clare Sharp
Email: Julie Landsberg