Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2012
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HEALTH RISK FACTORS
Other health risks may be indicated through information obtained in the survey about other health and related characteristics, such as the presence of particular long term conditions. The collection of information about health risk factors and behaviours in conjunction with other health and population characteristics enables all elements to be analysed together. However, while data from the survey may suggest apparent associations between particular risk factors and certain medical conditions, the data should not be interpreted as indicating causal relationships.
Some caution should be used in drawing together data for the different risk factors covered, as the reference periods used differ. For example:
These time periods were chosen to indicate usual habits.
However, when used with care, data from the NHS can describe populations which may be at special risk due to the presence of combinations of risk factor behaviours and characteristics.
Most of the specific risk factors covered have been addressed in previous ABS surveys, either at national or State/ACT levels. Major changes in the coverage of risk factors between the 2011-12 NHS and the 2007-08 NHS are summarised in the table below.
Where appropriate to the survey vehicle and consistent with the data requirements of users, similar methodologies were employed in the 2011-13 AHS to those used in previous surveys to enhance comparability and enable use of the data for analysing changes over time. Comments regarding comparability between the 2011-12 NHS and 2007-08 NHS are contained in the individual topic descriptions which follow. A more general discussion of time series issues relating to the 1989-90, 1995 and 2001 surveys is contained in Occasional Paper: Health Risk Factors - a Guide to Time Series Comparability from the National Health Survey, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4826.0.55.001).
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