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.

You can view the letters sent to respondents and alternative language versions here.

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



We select 6,240 addresses at random every year from the list of all addresses in Northern Ireland held by the Land and Property Services. Our aim is to interview 3,900 adults (aged 16 and over) resident at those households.



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:


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.



For more information on the Health Survey Northern Ireland please contact us on 02890 255074 or email at


Central Survey Unit

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