European Health Interview Survey - Access to microdata

European Health Interview Survey (EHIS)

Information on data details relevant for Research Project Proposals:

AGE: by 5-year bands (but starting with 15-17, 18-19)

REGION: removed (only NUTS 1 level)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH/CITIZENSHIP: coded into 3 categories (Natives, EU citizens and others).

NACE: grouped in 9 sectors

ISCED: only 1 digit level

Description of the dataset

The European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) consists of four modules on health status, health care use, health determinants and socio-economic background variables. EHIS targets the population aged at least 15 and living in private households.  The four modules cover the following topics:

  • Background variables on demography and socio-economic status such as sex, age, education, labour status, etc.
  • Health status such as self-perceived health, chronic conditions, limitation in usual activities, disease specific morbidity, physical and sensory functional limitations, etc.
  • Health care use such as hospitalisation, consultations, unmet needs, use of medicines, preventive actions, etc.
  • Health determinants such as height and weight, consumption of fruits and vegetables, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc.

The European Health Interview Survey is run every 5 years.

The first wave of The European Health Interview Survey (EHIS 1) was conducted between years 2006 and 2009 without any binding legal basis. The participating Member States had conducted the survey in different years: 2006: Austria and Estonia; 2007: Slovenia; 2008: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Latvia, Malta and Romania and 2009: Greece, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic. Germany also conducted the survey in 2009 but did not grant access to their micro data. The 17 participating EU Member States strived towards comparability via a standard questionnaire, guidelines and translation recommendations. Member States had implemented the EHIS modules at the national level either as a specific survey or had embedded the EHIS modules in an existing national survey i.e. national health interview survey, labour force survey or other household surveys. The EHIS 1 contained around 130 questions and around 340 variables.

The second wave (EHIS 2) took place between 2013 and 2015 in all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, according to the Commission Regulation 141/2013 as regards statistics based on the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS). The survey year for EHIS 2 was as follows: 2013: Belgium and the United Kingdom; 2014: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden; 2015: Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Iceland and Norway.

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Health data belongs to special (sensitive) categories of data. Access to microdata concerning health requires a justification of substantial public interest.