CLOSER Policy alert: NHS Digital consultation – Health Survey for England

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Two middle aged women enjoy an exercise classOpportunity to help tailor future surveys to meet users’ needs

The Health Survey for England (HSE) is a series of annual surveys designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health and care. It provides information about adults aged 16 and over, and children aged 0 to 15, living in private households in England. The survey estimates the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions and the prevalence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors associated with these conditions.

NHS Digital want to ensure that the survey continues to be relevant to the people who use it and that they are meeting their information needs in the best and most cost-effective way. This consultation aims to understand how researchers analyse the data, what data items are important, and what outputs they are interested in. NHS Digital are also reviewing how they make data available in the future, as well as planning future surveys content.

There are a number of questions relevant to longitudinal research, including:

  • What changes would you like made to the frequency of core questions/measures?
  • Would you like more biological measures included in the survey?
  • Are there other data you think it would be beneficial to link HSE data to at the individual record level?
  • Would you like the follow-up (longitudinal) option kept in the survey design in case you wish to use it in future? Note that the ‘follow-up studies’ require funding by a sponsor.
  • Do you need the ability to have an individual level record dataset for more complex analyses?
  • How could we improve the datasets?

The deadline for consultation responses is Monday 30 September 2019.

Access the latest and previous versions of the Health Survey for England.

You can have your say by responding to the consultation on the NHS Digital website.


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