Introduction to the Scottish Health Survey

Course content

This one-day event on the Scottish Health Survey was divided into two sessions. The morning session was a seminar  introducing the survey and the afternoon session a practical data workshop for those who would like to use the data themselves.

The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population. Focusing on private households, it is a key resource for the government in health policy development, in identifying gaps in service provision, and in identifying groups at risk of future ill-health. The first survey took place in 1995, with subsequent surveys in 1998 and 2003, before moving to a continuous model of data collection in 2008. Data are comparable with the Health Survey for England.

The seminar session provided an introduction to the survey, its design and methodology, the topics covered and how to access the data, including linkage with other datasets. Presentations demonstrated some of the ways in which the data has been used. 

Topics covered in this course include:

Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Data Management in SPSS
Practical tips on SPSS set-up:
To change the order of variable names in dialog boxes:
Examples of frequencies & cross-tabs via menu
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Weighted frequencies exercises
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Weighted crosstabs exercises
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Creating a complex samples plan file in SPSS
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Complex Samples Crosstabs in SPSS
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Complex Samples Logistic Regression in SPSS
Creating the model
Scottish Health Survey Data Workshop Sheet
Complex Samples Multiple Linear Regression in SPSS

Presentations

The Scottish Health Survey – an introduction - Julie Ramsay, Scottish Government
Survey design and methodology - Clare Sharp, ScotCen Social Research
Addressing non-response in the Scottish Health Survey - Dr Linsay Gray, University of Glasgow
Topic coverage in the Scottish Health Survey - Shanna Dowling, ScotCen Social Research
Using Scottish Health Survey data to inform public health science - Mark Robinson, NHS Health
Are people in Scotland becoming more active - Mark Robinson, NHS Health
Accessing the data and documentation - Stephen Hinchliffe, ScotCen Social Research

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