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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, How do People Rate their Health? An Analysis of General Health by Long-term Limiting Illness and Deprivation

Released: 20 February 2014


Mike Smith

Census Analysis Branch, Public Policy and Analysis

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455925

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Health Inequalities

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Other area classification

Survey name(s): Census

  • Across England and Wales one in 25 people (4.3 per cent of the usual private household population; 2.4 million people) are in ‘Good’ health despite a disability.

  • Among the disabled population, younger people are more likely to be in ‘Good’ health; more than half of all of disabled children are in ‘Good’ health (55.3 per cent) compared to a fifth (19.7 per cent) of the disabled population aged 85 and over.

  • Disabled males were generally more likely to be in ‘Good’ health compared to disabled females, regardless of the extent of their disability; the overall proportion of boys, aged 0 to 15, in ‘Good’ health despite a disability that limited them a lot (0.9 per cent) was twice as high as it was for girls (0.4 per cent) at this same age in England.

  • Among the disabled population, people living in the least deprived areas were most likely to report ‘Good’ health; from the age of 35 the proportion of disabled people in ‘Good’ health in the least deprived areas was around twice the proportion in the most deprived areas.

  • Because rates of disability increase with age, the overall proportion of people with ‘Good’ health despite a disability was higher among the elderly; at the oldest ages, 85 and over, around one in six people were in ‘Good’ health despite a disability, compared to around one in 50 children; ages 0 to 15.

  • In England, Weymouth and Portland had the highest overall proportions of people reporting both ‘Good’ health and a disability; 5.7 per cent. The lowest proportion was in Kensington and Chelsea; 3.6 per cent.

This analysis uses Census 2011 data to explore the relationship between disability and self-reported ‘Good’ Health. Variation in the proportion of disabled people with ‘Good’ health across population groups can help us to understand the factors that influence how we judge our general health and build a more complete picture of health and social care needs across England and Wales.

Other useful information

2011 Census

2011 Census Analysis

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