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Scottish Health Survey 2014 - volume 1: main report

Presents results for the Scottish Health Survey 2014, providing information on the health and factors relating to health of people living in Scotland.

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Foreword from the Chief Medical Officer

This report presents the findings of the 2014 Scottish Health Survey. The survey now provides data extending back some 20 years and has been running to a continuous design since 2008. The 2012-2015 surveys have been commissioned by the Scottish Government and produced by a collaboration between ScotCen Social Research, the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, The Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and The Public Health Nutrition Research Group at Aberdeen University.

The survey provides us with an immensely valuable collection of data on cardiovascular disease and related risk factors including smoking, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity. Information on general health, mental health and dental health is also included.

The 2014 report includes in-depth results for population subgroups, and is the first to contain an inequalities chapter focusing on health by area deprivation. Responses to questions around electronic cigarettes, introduced to the 2014 survey, have also been reported for the first time this year, as has information on the perceived impact of the Commonwealth Games on physical activity and sports participation.

With each additional survey year, the ability to analyse trends adds considerably to the usefulness of this data source, while combining data from previous surveys allows for more detailed analysis of specific health conditions, risk factors and related health behaviours.

I am pleased to welcome this valuable report and to thank the consortium led by ScotCen Social Research for their hard work in conducting the survey and preparing this report. Most importantly, I would also like to thank the 6,327 people who gave their time to participate in the survey. The information they have provided is invaluable in developing and monitoring public health policy in Scotland.

Dr Catherine Calderwood
Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Scottish Government Health Directorates

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