The Scottish Health Survey 2022: summary report

Key findings from the Scottish Health Survey 2022 report.

About the survey

The sample

SHeS has been designed to provide data on the health of adults (aged 16 and over) and children (aged 0-15) living in private households in Scotland annually. It provides data for NHS Health Boards and local authorities by combining data over four years. In 2022, 4,394 adults and 1,764 children took part in the survey.

The interview

The principal focus of the survey is cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related risk factors. Some questions and topics are asked annually while others vary from year to year. In 2022, interviews were initially conducted by telephone, because of COVID-19 restrictions, but returned to face-to-face after two months, provided respondents were happy to do so. Participants were also asked for permission to link survey responses to their administrative NHS health records.

Key topics included in the 2022 survey were:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • General health, CVD and caring
  • Respiratory
  • Dental health
  • Chronic pain
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Diet and obesity
  • Physical activity



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