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National Study of Health and Wellbeing

Or: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey

What is the survey?

The National Study of Health and Wellbeing (also known as Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey) runs every 7 years. Since 1993, it has been finding out how the everyday stresses, strains and joys affect the health of people living in England.

During 2014, our research team will interview 7,500 adults aged 16 and over from across England. What you tell us will inform and improve local and national planning for health and support services in your area.

Further information on the study


Why are we doing this survey?

By taking part, you'll be helping doctors and other health professionals get a clearer picture of the nation's health and wellbeing. This means they'll have the information to make the right choices for the future.

It's really important to us and to everyone who uses the data that our research represents the experiences of everyone living in England. Whether you're old or young, rich or poor, no matter where you live, we value your opinion. Taking part is an opportunity to tell influential people who make the decisions in government and charities how you really feel.


Who is doing the survey?

The survey is being carried out by NatCen Social Research on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


How do you choose who takes part?

We've chosen addresses at random to make sure we get a truly representative picture of everyone living in England. Your address can't be replaced by another one, as this would bias the results.


What does taking part in survey involve?

If you have received a letter asking you to take part, one of our interviewers will soon call at your home to arrange an interview at a time that suits you. The interview itself is really relaxed; there's nothing to prepare and you can skip any questions you don't want to answer.


What data items are collected?

The survey includes information on wellbeing, disability, physical health, pain, lifestyle behaviours, work and stress, life events and many others.


What happens to the answers?

The answers will not include names or addresses, so your identity will be kept anonymous. The answers from the questionnaire will then be put together with the answers collected from thousands of other people across England.

The answers will be completely confidential and we will make sure that no-one can be identified from the results we publish.

The results collected are used for research purposes only and the findings won't identify anyone who took part. 

You will never receive any junk mail as a result of speaking to us. We never pass on your details to other organisations for commercial purposes.


Latest reports and findings

If everything goes to plan, then we would expect results to be published by the HSCIC by late 2016.

The latest Adult Psychiatric Morbidity report and key findings are available in the HSCIC publication catalogue.

A full anonymised dataset of this series of surveys is available in the UK Data Services Catalogue.

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