Characteristics of Adults in Scotland with Long-Term Health Conditions: An Analysis of Scottish Household and Scottish Health Surveys

DescriptionThis reports presents an analysis of existing Scottish Houshold Survey and Scottish Health Survey data to provide a profile of the characteristics, circumstances and support needs of people with long term health conditions.
ISBN9780755968121
Official Print Publication DateOctober 2007
Website Publication DateOctober 29, 2007

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Wendy Loretto and Matt Taylor
The University of Edinburgh
Scottish Government Social Research
2007

ISSN 0950 2254
ISBN 978 0 7559 6812 1 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

Acknowlegements

Glossary

Executive Summary

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Background
Aims and objectives
The surveys
Definitions
Questions and terminology used in the surveys
Implications for the current report

CHAPTER TWO: METHODOLOGY
Contribution of the surveys
Approach to analysis
Conventions adopted
Structure of the report

CHAPTER THREE: PROFILE OF PEOPLE WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITION ( SHS data)
Introduction
Prevalence of long-term health conditions amongst adults
Type of impairment
Biographic and socio-economic characteristics
Sex and age
Marital status
Employment details
Education
Location
Prevalence of long-term conditions amongst households
Household type
Tenure
Quality of housing
Income
Financial services
Summary of key points

CHAPTER FOUR: NEIGHBOURHOOD AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Introduction
Attitude towards neighbourhood
Safety
Reliance on friends or relatives in neighbourhood
Access to services
Access to internet
Transport
Activities found difficult
Number of activities found difficult
Care needs
Summary of key points

CHAPTER FIVE: DETAILED INVESTIGATION OF NATURE OF HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE NEEDS ( SHeS)
Introduction
Prevalence and type of long-term conditions
Nature of long-standing condition
Health measures
Acute sickness
Obesity and waist-hip ratio
Self-assessed general health
Psychosocial health - General Health Questionnaire
Health-related quality of life - Medical Outcomes Study
Use of services
GP consultations
Hospital attendance
Medication
Prevalence of long-standing conditions by health board
Lifestyle
Diet
Smoking
Drinking
Physical activity
Summary of key points

CHAPTER SIX: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Introduction
Characteristics of adults with long-term health conditions
Prevalence
Location
Employment
Quality of life indicators
Perception of neighbourhood
Access to services
Health-related quality of life
Care needs
Overall implications for health-care strategy

CHAPTER 7: REFERENCES

APPENDIX
Technical note
Maps
Multivariate analyses of SHeS
List of variables used

List of Tables

Table 3.1 Percentage of adults (aged 16+) with a long-term health condition
Table 3.2 Type of impairment
Table 3.3 Adults with a disability or long-term illness by sex and age
Table 3.4 Employment rate of adults 1999/00 - 2005/06
Table 3.5 Occupational status
Table 3.6 Educational qualifications obtained
Table 3.7 Prevalence of long-term conditions by local authority
Table 3.8 Prevalence of long-term conditions by urban/rural nature of location
Table 3.9 Number of people in household with a disability or long-term illness
Table 3.10 Households containing someone with a long-term condition by household type
Table 3.11 Total household income
Table 4.1 Perceptions of neighbourhood safety
Table 4.2 Access to services
Table 4.3 Activities found difficult
Table 4.4 Number of activities found difficult to manage on own
Table 4.5 Number of activities found difficult to manage on own, 1999-2006
Table 4.6 Proportion of adults with a long-term condition who have a home help
Table 5.1 Nature of disability, illness or health problem
Table 5.2: Self-assessed general health
Table 5.3 Health-related quality of life
Table 5.4 Hospital attendance in year prior to survey
Table 5.5 Details of physical activity

List of Figures

Figure 3.1 Adults with a disability or long-term illness by marital status
Figure 3.2 Adults with a disability or long-term illness by employment status
Figure 3.3 Proportion of each age group who own their own home
Figure 3.4 Proportion of each household type with a total household income of up to £15000
Figure 3.5 Details of financial services
Figure 4.1 Effect of fear of crime on quality of life
Figure 4.2 Proportion of households in each income band with home internet access
Figure 4.3 Possession of current UK driving licence
Figure 4.4 Percentage of households which have access to one or more cars
Figure 5.1 Number of days of acute sickness within fortnight prior to survey
Figure 5.2 Proportion of each group with high waist-hip ratios (man 0.9+; women 0.8+)
Figure 5.3 GP consultations in fortnight prior to survey
Figure 5.4 Number of prescribed medicines taken
Figure 5.5 Number of days per week of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.