Scottish Health Survey 2015 - volume 2: technical report

Details of the methodology and fieldwork for the Scottish Health Survey 2015.

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References and notes

Chapter 1: Methodology and Response

1. The 1995 and 1998 surveys were carried out by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen Social Research) and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London Medical School ( UCL). The MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow ( MRC SPHSU) joined the consortium in 2003. ScotCen Social Research (a branch of NatCen Social Research), UCL and MRC SPHSU conducted the 2008-2011 surveys after a decision was made to carry out the survey annually.

2. Scotland's Population 2015 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends 161st edition, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. 2015. Available from:

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4. Corbett, J., Davidson, M., Dowling, S., Hinchliffe S. and Rutherford, L. (2013). Chapter 1: Methodology and response. In Rutherford, L., Hinchliffe, S. and Sharp, C. (eds.) Scottish Health Survey 2012 - Volume 2: Technical Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

5. Further information on the sample designs and the methodology used is available here:

6. Further information on the 2011 Scottish Health Survey questionnaire review for the 2012-2015 surveys can be found on the Scottish Government SHeS website:

7. The household reference person ( HRP) is defined as the householder (a person in whose name the property is owned or rented) with the highest income. If there is more than one householder and they have equal income, then the household reference person is the eldest.

8. Lynn, Peter, Beerten, Roeland, Laiho, Johanna and Martin, Jean 'Recommended Standard Final Outcome Categories and Standard Definitions of Response Rate for Social Surveys', Working Papers of the Institute for Social and Economic Research, paper 2001-23. Colchester: University of Essex. 2001.

9. A report on the development of the weighting procedures is available here:

10. Where time series SIMD data are presented, the appropriate version of the SIMD is used for each year. More details are provided within the main report and at


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