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World Health Survey , WHS

    For details on all aspects of this database, see WHS

1. General description

    The World Health Survey is a large-scale, cross-national panel survey research project on the health of populations, the outcomes associated with the investment in health systems, and the way health systems are currently functioning. The World Health Survey is a research project of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and was conducted between 2002 and 2004. 70 WHO Member States worldwide participated. Each country could choose from a set of modules or add additional ones, and could decide which survey method to use.

2. Survey type

  • Cross-national
  • Cross-sectional; carried out between 2002 and 2004
  • Representative national samples, ≥  18 years of age
  • Two questionnaires from which countries could choose modules:
  • A household questionnaire (one for high income countries and one for low income countries)
  • An individual questionnaire

3. Participating countries

  • 70 countries worldwide, including African, Eastern Mediterranean, European, American, South-East Asian and Western Pacific countries
  • 30 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
  • For more information on the participating countries, see WHS

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

    • Respondent: age, sex, education, work and employment, marital status, ethnicity
    • Partner:
    • Parents:
    • Children:
    • Household: Household questionnaire in order to identify eligible household members for the individual questionnaire: age of members, sex of members, education of members, marital status of members

b. General

  • Coverage, access and utilisation of key health services (e.g. immunisation, treatment of childhood illnesses, STD and HIV/AIDS)
  • Health care expenditures: how much households contribute to health care
  • Health states of populations: measuring health in multiple domains
  • Responsiveness of health systems: whether health systems meet the legitimate expectations of people
  • Risk factors (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, pollution) and their association with health states

c. Regarding work and welfare

    Reasons for not working for pay, health status (including illness, cognitive and physical functioning), mental health, satisfaction with health, health care, health insurance, health system responsiveness, health care expenditures, household expenditures

    5. Questionnaires available

      Questionnaires downloadable in PDF format; from WHS

    6. Keyword search in questionnaires


    7. Data available

    • Datasets downloadable in Stata format; from WHS
    • Per country
    • After registration, free of charge
    • Metadata downloadable in XML and HTML format; from WHS
    • Per country
    • Free of charge, no registration required
    • Reports on the results downloadable in PDF format; from WHS
    • Per country
    • Free of charge, no registration required

    8. Online data analysis