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.

As well as the core modules we also ask questions on specific issues that vary from year to year. 

Findings from HSE 2017 have been published as seven topic reports, each with supporting tables:

  • Overweight and obesity in adults and children
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Multiple Risk Factors
  • Social care
  • A report focusing on trends in children’s health, including trend data.
  • Two reports focusing on broader measures of adult health, including trend data.

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.

In 2017 interviews were conducted with 7,997 adults aged 16 and over, and 1,985 children aged 0 to 15.

5,196 adults and 1,195 children had a nurse visit.

Download the HSE 2017 Methods report here.