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Release: Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Adult Health in Great Britain, 2012

Released: 01 April 2014

Contact

Dr Craig Orchard

Social Survey Division

opinions@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455755

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Lifestyles and Behaviours

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, General Lifestyle Survey, General Household Survey

  • Unemployed people (those out of work but looking for work) were almost twice as likely as those in employment to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability (17% compared with 9%).

  • People with higher incomes were less likely than those on lower incomes to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability. In 2012, just 6% of those with an income of £50,000 or more had a limiting long-standing illness or disability, compared with 30% of those with an income of up to £10,000.

  • As expected, health was strongly associated with age. In 2012, 67% of those aged 75 and over had a long-standing illness or disability. This compared with 14% of those aged 16 to 24.

  • People from white ethnic groups were almost twice as likely as those from non-white ethnic groups to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability (20% compared with 11%).

  • People living in Wales (26%) were most likely to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability, when compared with other regions of Great Britain.

Prevalence of long-standing illness/disability in Great Britain in 2012.

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