Health and biomarkers

Dataset documentation

In the main part of the survey from Wave 1 onwards, participants are asked a number of questions about their general health. From Wave 2, some participants receive a follow-up visit from a registered nurse who asks some additional questions and takes a range of physical measurements together with a blood sample. For more background information read our About Understanding Society Guide.

17 Datafiles

All Waves 17 (Datafiles)

Datafile Description Wave
hhsamp_ns Sample and Household level data for issued households 2, 3
callrec_ns Callrec 2, 3
issue_ns Issue 2, 3
indsamp_ns Contains individual-level data for issued households 2, 3
indresp_ns Data from the individual interview 2, 3
lfscot_ns Lung function observations for Scotland 2, 3
ptimings_ns Timing information at person level 2, 3

Wave xwave (3 Datafiles)

Title Description
xivdata_ns Nurse interviewer characteristics
xindresp_ns Data from individual interviews (Wave 2 & 3 combined)
xlabblood_ns Details of Lab Blood

Wave 2 (7 Datafiles)

Title Description
b_hhsamp_ns Sample and Household level data for issued households
b_callrec_ns Callrec
b_issue_ns Issue
b_indsamp_ns Contains individual-level data for issued households
b_indresp_ns Data from the individual interview
b_lfscot_ns Lung function observations for Scotland
b_ptimings_ns Timing information at person level

Wave 3 (7 Datafiles)

Title Description
c_hhsamp_ns Sample and Household level data for issued households
c_callrec_ns Callrec
c_issue_ns Issue
c_indsamp_ns Contains individual-level data for issued households
c_indresp_ns Data from the individual interview
c_lfscot_ns Lung function observations for Scotland
c_ptimings_ns Timing information at person level