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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


REQUENA, María Luisa; SUAREZ, Mónica; PEREZ, Óscar  and  CONSEJO INTERTERRITORIAL DEL SISTEMA NACIONAL DE SALUD. Grupo Técnico de Encuestas de Salud de la Subcomisión de Sistemas de Información. Current situation of health surveys in Spain. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2013, vol.87, n.6, pp.549-573. ISSN 2173-9110.

To describe the evolution of health interview surveys in Spain (as of 01/01/2012), whether national or regional, its main characteristics and methodology, and in the case of general health surveys (GHIS), its contents. An adapted version of Eurostat quality control template European Health Interview Survey Technical and Methodological Report was filled in by those responsible for GHIS in each region (autonomous communities) and at the national level. The first part (11 questions) gathers general information about health surveys, both GHIS and surveys targeted to specific populations or health problems (SHIS). The second part (109 questions) asks about methodological characteristics of most recent GHIS. Inclusion criteria: 1) regional or supra-regional scope; 2) for the second part, GHIS currently active series. Quality control was performed using double data entry and validated by informants.100 HIS were identified. 16 were GHIS and 84 SHIS. 32 (38%) of the latter were national and 52 (62%) regional. Nutrition 21 (25%), drug use 10 (12%), opinion polls 7 (9%) and dental health 7 (9%) were the most frequent topics in SHIS. Highest GHIS density was reached after year 2000, with several surveys on field at a time (mode=3). 11 GHIS (2 national, 9 regional) met inclusion criteria for the second part. All complied with general quality benchmarks. Few differences were observed in content.GHIS show more similarities than differences in objectives, methods and content. Rationalization and harmonization are needed. Physical activity, alcohol consumption, quality of life and mental health instruments are not yet consensual. Valid and comparable data are required on health status and its determinants to inform health policy.

Keywords : Spain; Health survey; Evolution.

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