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Consultation to inform the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2022

(also known as the National Study of Health and Wellbeing)

The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) series collects information on the prevalence and context of mental health conditions among the adult population in England. It is known in field as the National Study of Health and Wellbeing. Surveys of the general population have been carried out in 1993, 2000, 2007 and 2014. Following each survey an official statistics report is published along with data tables and a survey dataset is created and archived with the UK Data Service.

The next survey in the series goes into field in 2022. We’re consulting widely on which topics to prioritise, including adding, removing or changing questions. This consultation builds on a previous one carried out in 2016 and is intended to inform the content of the upcoming survey.

Core content remains consistent across waves and includes a range of mental health conditions depression and anxiety. The 2014 questionnaire (pdf) included the following topics:

Phase one:

Household composition, general health, activities of daily living, mental wellbeing, physical health conditions, sensory and learning impairments, mental illness diagnoses and treatment, common mental health conditions (anxiety and depression), psychotic experiences, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, work-related stress, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, personality disorders: borderline, antisocial, general, social functioning, bipolar disorder, autistic spectrum conditions, post-traumatic stress, interpersonal violence and abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, suicidal thoughts, attempts and self-harm, discrimination, sexual orientation and behaviour, menopause, cognitive and intellectual functioning, verbal fluency, stressful life events, parenting, social support, religion, social capital and participation, ethnicity and migration, education and employment, financial and housing circumstances, follow-up and data linkage

Phase two:

  • Autism
  • Psychosis
  • ADHD

Who is carrying out the research?

The APMS survey is led by NHS Digital, funded by the Department for Health and Social Care, and conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and University of Leicester.

Why take part?

Everyone is welcome to take part in the consultation. You can respond in a personal and/or professional capacity, and as individuals or on behalf of a group or organisation. Taking part is voluntary.

What will taking part involve?

Take part in a short survey, it only takes around 10 minutes. You can also share this link with your networks and colleagues. Answer as many questions as you like.

Online survey

The survey will remain open until 7 June 2021.

Focus groups and interviews

NatCen will also be running a small number of online focus groups and interviews with relevant individuals in May 2021. We will contact potential participants directly to invite to take part. 

Why have I been selected to take part?

The consultation is open to everyone. We are particularly keen to involve people and organisations who have used previous APMS results and data to inform policy and practice, or who may wish to use the survey in the future. We are also keen to hear the views of people with lived experience of mental distress and their advocates.

What will happen to any information I give?

The consultation findings will be used to draft a report and provide recommendations for the 2022 survey. The report will include a list of the organisations that participated (where details are provided). Individuals will not be named, although quotes may be taken from the open text boxes. The report may be published by NHS Digital.

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