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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More than one response was allowed.
Information was obtained for all persons in the NHS and persons aged 2 years and older in the NNPAS.
Respondents were asked if they had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had diabetes and/or high sugar levels in blood or urine. Those who reported they had been told they had diabetes or high sugar levels were asked the age at which they were told they had diabetes/high sugar levels, and the type of diabetes they were told they had. Persons were then asked whether the diabetes or high sugar level was still current.
Those reporting only diabetes insipidus were sequenced out of further diabetes questions at this point and recorded elsewhere as a current, long-term condition and coded under other endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases. From this point on in the Users' Guide, any references to diabetes refer to diabetes mellitus only.
Where the respondent had reported they currently had any type of diabetes, those conditions were assumed to be of six months or more duration, with the exception of gestational diabetes (which is assumed to be short-term). If the respondent reported they currently had high sugar levels they were asked if their condition had lasted, or was expected to last, for six months or more. Therefore estimates of diabetes exclude gestational diabetes.
All respondents, regardless of whether they reported having diabetes, were asked whether their parents and/or siblings had been told by a doctor or nurse that they had diabetes. This new question has been included in the AHS to assist with the calculations of diabetes risk using the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK).
Respondents aged 50 years and over who identified that they had not been diagnosed with diabetes or high sugar levels, and respondents of any age who identified that they had not been diagnosed with diabetes or high sugar levels but had current long-term heart or circulatory conditions, were asked whether they had been screened for diabetes in the last 3 years.
Respondents who had current/long-term diabetes or high sugar levels were asked:
Respondents were then sequenced to the "Actions" module where they were asked questions about the number of times they had seen a GP, specialist, etc. for their diabetes/high sugar levels.
Respondents were asked in a later module about all medications and health supplements that they were taking, but not in relation to any specific condition. This differs from the 2007-08 survey where questions about medication were asked within the diabetes/high sugar level module.
Information on diabetes/high sugar levels was collected in both the NHS and NNPAS. In Australian Health Survey: First Results (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001), released on 29 October 2012, data on this item are available from the NHS component (21,000 people). Results from the AHS core sample (the full 34,000 people, consisting of both NHS and NNPAS samples combined) will be available in May 2013. For more information on the structure of the AHS, see the Introduction of this Users' Guide.
The data items and related output categories for this topic will be available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2007-08
The methodology used in the 2011-12 NHS was similar to that used in the 2007-08 NHS survey, and therefore data for most items are considered directly comparable between surveys.
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