Health and Social Surveys Research Group
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Health and Social Surveys Research Group

The Health and Social Surveys Research Group (HSSRG) studies population health (including health behaviours and treatments), the determinants of population health, and inequalities in health. Much of the group’s research is carried out using large population surveys that collect data on health, economic and social issues, using a variety of survey methods and statistical techniques. Qualitative methods also feature in the research conducted by the group. The group has around 20 staff. It is multidisciplinary, with epidemiology, sociology, statistics, public health nutrition, demography and geography all represented. Some current and recent examples of the research conducted by the group include: the Health Survey for England, the Scottish Health Survey, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, Inequalities in health in an ageing population, and a number of studies exploring influences on ethnic inequalities in health. Much of this research is carried out collaboratively with other groups and institutions, most particularly with the NatCen Social Research. The Health and Social Surveys Research Group is funded from a number of sources. Current funders include the Department of Health, the NHS Information Centre for the health and social care, the Scottish Executive, the Food Standards Agency, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the US National Institutes of Health.

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