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'Lifestyles' publications cover a range of topics including smoking, alcohol, drug use, obesity and contraception. Some of these publications are sourced from surveys commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), while a suite of compendia publications (indicated by "c") presents a range of data on the topic from a variety of sources, as well as new analyses carried out by the HSCIC and made available in one easy-to-use source.


Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery

Quarterly report presenting the latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. Providing a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level

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Reports in the series prior to 2011-12 quarter 3 are available from the Department of Health website

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services

Quarterly report presenting provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England. Including information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up.  Also an in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group, socio-economic classification as well as by intervention type and setting and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Local Authority (LA) and Region levels.

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Statistics on Smokingc 

Annual report presenting a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England, covering topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs.

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Alcohol and Drugs

Statistics on Alcoholc

Statistical report acting as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse. Topics covered are drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15), drinking-related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol, alcohol related admissions to hospital and alcohol-related costs.

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Statistics on Drug Misusec

Annual statistical report presenting information on drug misuse among adults and children. Including topics on Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used; Trends in drug misuse over recent years; Patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population; Health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and number of deaths.

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Dietc

Annual statistical report presenting a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. Topics covered include, Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; Physical activity levels among adults and children; Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake and Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

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National Child Measurement Programme

Annual report summarising key findings from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England. This provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of 'underweight', 'healthy weight', 'overweight', 'obese' and 'overweight and obese combined' children, in Reception (typically aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (typically aged 10-11 years), measured in state schools in England.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Sexual and Reproductive Health services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people's services e.g. Brook advisory centres. They provide a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care.

A contact within this report may be a clinic attendance or a contact with the service at a non-clinic venue. Non face to face contacts (e.g. by telephone) are not currently included, but it does include activity at non-clinic venues (such as home visits / outreach).

The data includes non-English residents using services based in England.

This report excludes services provided in out-patient clinics, at community pharmacies and those provided by General Practitioners, unless otherwise stated.

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Health Survey for England

Annual survey commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which has been carried out by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of NatCen Social Research and the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London since 1994.

The Health Surveys for England series is designed to monitor health trends in England, and to estimate the proportion of people who have specified health conditions, and estimate the prevalence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors associated with these conditions.

The surveys are also used to monitor progress towards selected health targets. Each survey includes core questions and measurements (such as blood pressure, anthropometric measurements and analysis of blood and saliva samples), as well as modules of questions on specific issues that vary from year to year.

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Infant Feeding Survey

The Infant Feeding Survey (IFS) has been conducted every five years since 1975 and was last carried out in 2010 by IFF Research with Professor Mary Renfrew of the University of Dundee on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. It investigates variations in feeding practices among different socio-demographic groups and establishes the age at which solid foods are introduced and examines practices associated with introducing solid foods for infants up to 9 months old.

A number of new questions were added to the survey in 2010, covering a range of topics including the Healthy Start scheme (a means-tested voucher scheme for pregnant women or mothers with children under 4 years old to help with basic food items), how mothers who had multiple births fed their babies, whether babies were full term or premature, as well as further exploration of the types of problems mothers may have experienced while breastfeeding

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What about YOUth

Health and Wellbeing of 15 year olds in England: Findings from the What About YOUth? Survey 2014.

What About YOUth? 2014 (WAY 2014) is a newly-established survey designed to collect robust local authority (LA) level data on a range of health behaviours amongst 15 year-olds.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was commissioned by the Department of Health to run the survey in direct response to the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum. This Forum identified gaps in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) and other key health behaviour measures relating to young people. HSCIC contracted Ipsos MORI to carry out the survey.

WAY 2014 is the first survey to be conducted of its kind and it is hoped that the survey will be repeated in order to form a time series of comparable data on a range of indicators for 15 year-olds across England.

Data has been collected on topics including, smoking, general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying. This is ground-breaking for LAs as new data will become available to better inform local policy making.

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Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among young people

Annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15) which has been carried out since 1982.  Since 2000, NatCen Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the survey on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).  

The report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs. It addition, it explores the attitudes of school children towards smoking and drinking; relationships between smoking, drinking and drug use; the links between smoking, drinking and drug use and other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and previous truancy or exclusion.

Surveys since 1998 have included a core set of questions on smoking, drinking and drug use and, since 2000 the remainder of the questions have focused in alternate years on smoking and drinking or on drug use. The emphasis of the 2012 survey is on smoking and drinking whilst still containing information on drug use.

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