Health Survey Northern Ireland

The Health Survey Northern Ireland aims to provide a picture of the health of the Northern Ireland population. The information collected is used to monitor the extent to which Government health targets are being met, and to help authorities effectively plan local health services.

Details of the Survey

It includes questions on general health and a wide range of health related issues such as smoking and drinking, fruit and vegetable consumption, stress, exercise, mobility and the use of some health services. 

The survey is commissioned by the Department of Health Northern Ireland and the field work is conducted by the Central Survey Unit of NISRA.

Received a letter?

One of our interviewers will visit in the next week or so. We understand you may be busy, so we’ll organise the interview at your home at a time that suits you. Your interviewer will ask you about a range of topics such as your eating habits, what exercise you have taken recently, whether you smoke or drink etc.

A copy of the letters sent to respondents in alternative language versions are available.

Our interviewers will present their official NISRA ID when they call.


The Northern Ireland Health Survey is based on a systematic random sample of 6,240 addresses selected from the NISRA Address Register (NAR). The NAR is developed within NISRA and is primarily based on the Land & Property Services (LPS) POINTER database. 


The questionnaire asks about:

General Health/ common health conditions GP services
Hospital visits Planning for social care
Antibiotics Health & lifestyle
Carers Physical Activity
Diet / Food security Child health
E-health / Health literacy Smoking and Drinking
Background info – eg education employment Religion

Results / Publications

Results and publications from the survey are produced by the Department of Health NI and are available on the Department of Health health survey Northern Ireland page.

Microdata / Datasets

The Health Survey datasets are available through the UK data archive.

Currently the datasets for the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 are available.


If you would like further information on the Health Survey Northern Ireland please contact:

Barbara Muldoon
Telephone: 028 9025 5093

Chloe Martin
Telephone: 028 9025 5067

Central Survey Unit

About the Central Survey Unit