Introduction to the Scottish Health Survey

University of Edinburgh, Main Library, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:00 - 16:00

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. 

Presentation Name


Introduction and welcome

Claire Sharp, Scotcen Social Research
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 SHeS data (part 1) - available soon Mark Robinson, NHS Health Scotland

Using SHeS data (part 2) - available soon

Mark Robinson, NHS Health Scotland
Accessing the data and documentation
Stephen Hinchliffe, ScotCen Social Research