Survey content 

Each survey in the series includes core topics covering questions on general health and longstanding illness, key lifestyle behaviours that influence health, and social care; and measurements such as blood pressure, body measurements, and analysis of blood and saliva samples.

In 2015, to focus on the health of children aged 2 to 15, the sample size in this age group was increased and physical activity and well-being questions included.

Findings from HSE 2015 have been published as separate reports:

  • Adult cigarette smoking
  • Adult alcohol consumption
  • Adult overweight and obesity
  • Adult social care
  • Physical activity in children
  • Children’s body mass index, overweight and obesity
  • Children’s smoking and exposure to other people’s smoke
  • Children’s drinking
  • Children’s well-being

Survey participants

All years of the survey have covered the adult population aged 16 and over living in private households in England. Since 1995, the surveys have also included children aged 2 to 15 and since 2001, infants aged under 2.

Interviews were conducted with 8,034 adults aged 16 and over, and 5,714 children aged 0 to 15.

5,378 adults and 1,297 children had a nurse visit.

Download the HSE 2015 Methods report