Scottish Health Survey - topic report: lung function

This report presents data from objective measurement of lung function in adults, measured by portable spirometers, using data from the 2008-

2011 Scottish Health Surveys.

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Editors' Acknowledgements

Our first thank you is to the 4,273 adults who gave up their time voluntarily to take part in nurse visit in the 2008 to 2011 surveys and welcomed our nurses into their homes.

We would also like to thank those colleagues who contributed to the survey and this report. In particular we would like to thank:

  • All the nurses who worked on the project and their supervisor Sue Nash. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for the dedication and professionalism they applied to their work.
  • The authors of the chapters: Jennifer Mindell, Alison Moody, Catherine Bromley.
  • 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.
  • Iain Templeton, the principal programmer for the survey.
  • The Survey Doctors: Dr Sangeeta Dhami and Professor Aziz Sheikh.
  • Other colleagues at ScotCen/NatCen in particular: Emma Fenn, Clare Sharp, Stephen Hinchliffe and Lesley Birse.
  • Shaun Scholes, Research Associate, Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL.
  • Christos Bryon for his statistical expertise and input preparing the survey data for analysis.

We are also extremely grateful to Dr David McAllister (University of Edinburgh), and Andy Robertson (NHS Lothian), for their assistance with the quality assurance process.

We would like to thank Dr Stan Wright (NHS Forth Valley) for his advice on the quality assurance process and for his helpful comments during the drafting stage.

Ethical approval for the study was granted by the Research Committee for Wales (08/MRE09/62). 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 support at all stages of the project.

Lisa Rutherford and Catherine Bromley


Email: Julie Landsberg

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