Highlights of the 2018 Health Survey for England

  • NHS Digital
  • 3 Dec 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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NHS digital has published the findings of 'The Health Survey for England 2018' highlighting the trends in health and care. For the 2018 survey, 8178 adults (age, ≥16 years) and 2072 children (age, 0-15 years) were interviewed and 4825 adults and 1103 children had a nurse visit.

Key findings from the report are as follows:

  • Forty-three per cent of adults aged ≥16 years and 16 per cent of children aged up to 15 years had at least one longstanding clinical condition.
  • Seventeen per cent of men and 18 per cent of women aged ≥16 years had ever been diagnosed with asthma.
  • The proportion of children aged 0-15 years with diagnosed asthma was 10 per cent in 2018. This represents a reduction of 10 percentage points since 2001-2002.
  • Fifty-six per cent of adults had an elevated risk of various degrees for chronic disease owing to their waist circumference and body mass index.
  • The rates of obesity and morbid obesity in men were 26 per cent and two per cent, respectively, and in women were 29 per cent and four per cent, respectively.
  • Twenty-seven per cent of adults were 'inactive' (
  • Some form of gambling activity during the past 12 months was practised by 39 per cent of adults.
  • Nineteen per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged ≥65 years reported an unmet need with at least one Activity of Daily Living.