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Lifestyle Survey Toolkit

Consulting People from BME backgrounds

If you are planning to conduct lifestyle surveys with black and minority ethnic group residents, there are a few key reports which should be reviewed to both provide some guidance on methodological issues and example questions.  These include:

Health Survey for England - BME Report

The Health Survey for England comprises a series of annual surveys.  The 1999 survey was the first to increase the representation of minority ethnic adults and children from Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Irish communities.  The report from the 1999 survey, which includes over 6000 interviews with Black and Minority Ethnic people can be found at:

Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in England Health and Lifestyles(Health Education Authority 1994)

This report discussed the approach adopted and presents results from a programme of Health and Lifestyle surveys among black and minority ethnic communities resident in the UK.  Interviews were carried out with 2,550 respondents from major groups - African - Caribbean (729 interviews), Black African (202), Indian (1,017), Pakistani (935) and Bangladeshi (667)