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Health & Lifestyles in the Oxford Region December 1992


The 1991-2 Health Life Survey (HLS2) was the second such survey to be conducted in the Oxford Region, the first survey having been undertaken in 1984-8 (HLS1).  The latest survey elicited responses from a representative sample of 9,332 residents in the 18-64 age group, a response rate of 73%.  A summary of the main finding were as follows:

  • Smoking rates have decline in all social groups from 32% in HLS1 to 28% in HLS2.  The exception of this trend was among young women whose smoking rate increased from 33% to 38%, making them more likely to be smokers than any other group.  There are still marked social class differences in smoking rates.
  • Twenty two per cent of respondents reported eating an 'unhealthy' diet.  There has been a dramatic change in the type of milk used and a shift towards consumption of polyunsaturated fat spreads.  There are still marked social class differences in dietary habits.
  • There have been significant improvements in blood pressure screening, with 87% or respondents reporting a blood pressure measurement in the previous five years.  Women are more likely to have been screened than men.  Men in manual occupations were least likely to have had their blood pressure measured.
  • Fifty eight per cent of respondents wore glasses or contact lenses.  Women were more likely than men to have had their eyes tested in the previous two years,  Uptake of eye tests was lower amongst those in working class groups.

For further information please contact:

Health Services Research Unit,
Department of Public Health & Primary Care,
University of Oxford,
Gibson Building,
Radcliffe Infirmary,
Oxford OX2 6HE