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12 September 2017 | Jisc Collections

Health Survey for England: Introductory Workshop

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Would you like to use data from the Health Survey for England in your research? In this workshop, you will learn about everything from sample design to accessing the data, as well as receiving bespoke advice on your particular case.

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Would you like to find out more about using the Health Survey for England (HSE) in research? If so, this workshop is for you. 

Aimed at novice users of the HSE, the workshop will include expert speakers from the survey teams at NatCen and UCL and from the UK Data Service. The workshop will also involve a ‘data surgery’ where participants can book a short appointment with a member of the survey team/UK Data Service for bespoke advice on using the HSE for their research. 

In the morning sessions you will learn vital information about the survey such as sample design, how the data are collected and the topics covered in the survey as well as important methodological issues you need to consider when using the data. There will also be a session on how to access the data and how to find the variables you need. The afternoon will involve a practical session in using the data and there will be a parallel data surgery. 

The HSE is a nationally representative survey commissioned by the UK government that collects information about the health and lifestyles of the population of England. The HSE interviews around 8000 adults and 2000 children per year and includes a visit from a specially trained nurse. The survey has run annually since 1991 and the data are collected by NatCen Social Research and UCL. The HSE data can be downloaded from the UK Data Service and can be analysed using a statistics package such as SPSS or Stata. You can find information about the HSE 2014 on the UK Data Service website.

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