Health Survey in 2002-2003

Dernière mise à jour le : 08/12/2011

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des statistiques démographiques et sociales (DSDS)

Partenariat :

- Research, Studies, Appraisal and Statistics department (DREES) of the Ministry for Health

- Research Studies and Statistics Department (DARES) of the Ministry for Labour

- National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

- National Sickness Insurance Fund for Employed Persons (CNAMTS)

- Agricultural Mutual Benefit Social Fund (MSA)

- National Sickness Insurance Fund for Self-Employed Persons Not Engaged in Agriculture (CANAM)

National Federation of French Mutual Benefit Associations (FNMF)

- Health Economics Research and Documentation Institute (IRDES)

- National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

- National Federation of Regional Health Monitoring Centres (FNORS)

- Health Monitoring Institute (InVS).

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

As for the previous surveys, the purpose of the Health Survey carried out in 2002-2003 (or the Ten-Year Health Survey) was to:

- Describe the population's health status: declared morbidity and perceived health;

- Provide quantitative information about the use of care facilities and prevention services (in volume and value);

- Allow an analysis of health status, use of care facilities and prevention, with regard to the socio-demographic characteristics (age, gender, profession, etc.) of individuals and their households.

Thèmes abordés :

The following topics are covered:

- First visit: living conditions, social protection, general state of health, disability, description of illnesses, use and  contact with health care providers;
- Second and third visits: surgical antecedents, interruptions of work due to illnesses and periods of bed rest, use of care facilities over the period (hospitalisation, doctor, biology, paramedical interventions, etc.), incapacities, dietary habits and prevention.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

Metropolitan France

The 2002-2003 Health Survey had five regional extensions in:

- Nord-Pas-de-Calais

- Picardie

- Champagne-Ardenne

- Île-de-France

- Provence-Alpes-Côte-D'azur.

Caractéristiques techniques

Unité statistique enquêtée :


Périodicité de l'opération :

Approximately every ten years

Période et mode de collecte :

The 2002-2003 survey took place from October 2002 to September 2003, in five waves staggered throughout this period: the national sample is thus divided into five sub-samples (called waves) of households, in order to ensure that the summer period was also covered.

Each household is visited three times by an investigator. These visits are spread over a period of two months. Every individual in the household is questioned.

The computer-assisted data collection method (CAPI) is used. Each member of the surveyed household aged 18 and over is also asked to complete a treatment record booklet and a questionnaire ("self-administered" or "self-questionnaire"), which is used to record a certain amount of information about specific pathologies (alcohol, migraines, asthma, depression, lower back pain, etc.) or about the quality of life.

Shorter versions of the self-questionnaire are submitted to interviewees aged 11 to 14 and those aged 15 to 17.

The survey is organised in such a way that the adults concerned are present at each visit because, in contrast to the previous surveys, the questioning of adults is strictly individual: another person cannot answer for them.

Furthermore, it is essential for households to be interviewed three times.

Upon the first visit to the household, the individual interview focuses in particular on illnesses, health problems, contact and use of health care providers health's limitations and disabilities.

The second and third visits concern reminders of the instructions on how to fill in the treatment record booklets (collective booklet and individual booklets issued on the investigator's first visit), which must be completed by members of the household, and the importance of keeping the packaging of purchased medication and prescriptions is also stressed.

During the course of each visit, a proxy is designated for the under-eighteens, adults incapable of responding individually (disabled or bed-bound persons) and people who are absent for health reasons.

Historique :

The first Health Survey was conducted in 1960-1961. The following surveys took place in 1970-1971, and again in 1980-1981 and 1991-1992.

The last survey in 2002-2003, while continuing to provide comparisons with previous surveys, was more consistent with other European surveys, especially with regard to its health module which was significantly more detailed than in previous surveys.

The 2002-2003 Health Survey also contained several "self-questionnaires" (questionnaires completed by the individuals themselves, which are widely used on an international level and focus on perceived health, past and current working conditions and the description of a certain number of pathologies.

Plan de sondage :

The sample for the 2002-2003 Health Survey consists of 25,000 dwellings (18,000 for the national sample and 7,000 for regional extensions), selected from the INSEE master sample (derived from the population census), and supplemented by the New Housing Survey Database (BSLN).

All in all, approximately 16,800 households responded to this survey, giving an approximate total of 40,900 people in the population of responding households ("eligible" individuals, i.e. people over 18 years of age).

Autres spécifications :

Normally referred to as the "Health Survey" or "Ten-year Health Survey", this operation may also be included under the heading: "Heath and Medical Treatment Survey".

In addition to the Health Survey carried out by INSEE, the survey scheme concerning health and the use of treatment facilities includes:

- Questions on health in the Statistical Survey Scheme on Living Conditions and Resources (SRCV), since 2004

- Health questionnaire in the fixed part and variable part of the Permanent Living Conditions Survey (EPCV) scheme, until 2006

- Health and Social Protection Survey (SPS) of the Health Economics Research and Documentation (IRDES), formerly known as CREDES

- Disability Incapacity Dependence (HID) survey, conducted by INSEE.

In relation to other sources, the Health Survey, due to its size and duration, can significantly increase the knowledge of certain topics such as the dynamic of treatment use, perceived health and prevention behaviours.

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