Scottish Health Survey 2018: summary report

Key findings from the Scottish Health Survey 2018 report.

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Chapter 2 General Health, Cardiovascular Conditions and Caring

71% of adults, in 2018, described their health as 'good' or 'very good', the lowest recorded since 2008.

94% of children described their health as 'good' or 'very good', with little change from previous years.

Adults who assessed their general health to be 'good' or 'very good' varied by age:

  • 85% aged 16-24
  • 68% aged 45-64
  • 57% aged 75+

In 2018, 16% of adults reported having any CVD (cardiovascular disease), with 7% reporting having doctor-diagnosed diabetes (primarily type 2 – 6%), 20% having any CVD or diabetes, 5% having IHD (ischaemic heart disease), 3% having a stroke and 7% having a stroke or IHD.

Prevalence of diabetes, any CVD and IHD continued to be higher in the most deprived areas.

Prevalence of diabetes, any CVD and IHD continued to be higher in the most deprived areas.

The proportion of adults providing unpaid care for a family member, friend or someone else remained at 15% among those aged 16 and over and 4% for children aged 4-15.

The largest proportion of carers spent up to 19 hours per week providing unpaid care in 2017/18 (32% up to 4 hours and 34% 5-19 hours per week). Nearly twice as many of those aged 65 and over (22%) reported providing 50 hours or more, compared with 12% of those aged 16-44 and 2% of those aged 4-15.

7 in 10 unpaid carers aged 4 and over reported receiving no help or support (69%), with a significant variation between those who provided care for fewer than 35 hours per week (75%) and those who provided 35 hours or more of unpaid care per week (40%).

Provision of unpaid care was higher among adults living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived areas.

  • Most deprived areas 18%
  • Least deprived areas 13%

Unpaid care provision was higher among women than men.

  • Women 18%
  • Men 12%

Average age standardised WEMWBS scores amongst care givers showed that mental wellbeing was significantly lower among those who spent a greater number of hours per week providing unpaid care.

  • 51.2 among those caring for up to 4 hours a week
  • 44.4 among those caring between 35-49 hours a week



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