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Key UK data on health
Whilst there is a wealth of data on health and health-related behaviour, a
number of studies are regarded as 'key' in the UK – either through their
subject/geographical coverage, their use of standard measures, their longevity,
their usage among the research community or because they are used to create
The majority of the data described are known as 'raw', 'primary' or
'source' data in the sense that they represent information that has been
collected 'first-hand': they are original data sources which may then be used
for 'secondary' analysis by researchers not involved in the data collection
process. The majority of these data are anonymised because they describe
the attitudes, behaviour, circumstances and personal details of the individuals
being studied. These
types of data are heavily used by the academic and government research communities.
The ESDS provides access to primary data sources.
Other research communities are less interested in these primary, and
predominantly individual-level, data and are more likely to be consumers of
information that has been published at the aggregate-level (e.g. tables of data
where results are aggregated to health authority level, or region or country).
Whilst the ESDS holds some aggregate-level data of interest to health
researchers – the Vital Statistics data, for example, and the cross-national
Eurostat, United Nations and World Bank databases – the ESDS is only one of
many online resources that provide access to published data based on the
Other key data publishers