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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1991 onwards 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting >10,000  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment >0   
Gender Male and Female 

The Health Survey for England series was designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health, to estimate the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and to estimate the prevalence of risk factors associated with these conditions. The surveys provide regular information that cannot be obtained from other sources on a range of aspects concerning the public’s health. The surveys have been carried out since 1994 by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of NatCen Social Research and the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. Individuals are asked for written consent to link their HSE records to mortality and cancer registration data (from HSE 1994 onwards) and to Hospital Episodes Statistics (from HSE 2003 participants onwards).

Each survey in the series includes core questions and measurements (such as blood pressure, height and weight, and analysis of blood and saliva samples), as well as modules of questions on topics that vary from year to year. New topics in 2014 year included hearing and mental health. The achieved sample for the 2014 survey was 8,077 adults (aged 16 and over) and 2,003 children (aged 0-15).

Country United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name UCL (University College London) and NatCen Social Research 
Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hssrg/studies/hse 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Jennifer Mindell (UCL) and Anne Conolly (NatCen) 
Contact email PI email: [email protected]; [email protected] 
Contact phone number Tel: +44 (0) 20 7250 1866; +44 (0) 20 7679 1269 
Address HSSRG, Research Dept Epidemiology & Public Health
1-19 Torrington Place
Funders (Core support) NHS Digital 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: N/A
Funtional rating: Individual physiological, Individual psychological
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Hearing and Vision, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Saliva, Urine
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Marital status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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