Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


What types of analysis can the ONS LS be used for?

Prospective analysis of census and event data

For example: studies of associations between employment status and mortality, between economic status and cancer registrations, or between socio-economic factors and fertility; and survival analysis of mortality by area deprivation.

Prospective analysis of successive census data

For example: analysis of patterns of retirement migration; studies of the effects of divorce and remarriage on housing tenure; or comparison of changes in education, employment and migration between different decades.

Prospective analysis of successive event data

For example: studies of changes in birth spacing or associations between fertility and cancer survival.

Cross-sectional analysis

This is especially useful for studies of ethnic or geographical factors.

International comparisons

Countries such as France, Denmark, Finland and the USA have similar programmes to the LS.