This topic refers to the severity of bodily or physical pain experienced by the respondent, from any or all causes, and the extent to which it interfered with normal work.
Information was obtained for all persons aged 18 years and over in the 2014-15 NHS.
Information about bodily pain was published in the National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 based on a sample of 14,564 people aged 18 years and over.
This topic was collected within the Mental Wellbeing module.
Respondents were asked how much bodily pain they had experienced, from any or all causes, in the 4 weeks prior to interview. Response categories were:
- Very mild
- Very severe.
If the respondent had experienced any bodily pain, they were then asked if it had interfered with their normal work, including both work outside the home and housework. Response categories were:
- Not at all
- A little bit
- Quite a bit
The questionnaire, data items and related output categories for this topic are available in pdf/ Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads
page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
- Respondents were asked to indicate the severity of any bodily pain that they had experienced (from any and all causes) during the 4 weeks prior to interview.
- Interference with normal work includes work or housework activities that the respondent did, or would have done, during the 4 weeks prior to interview.
- Those respondents incapable of being present for the interview due to illness or disability, and who were represented by a proxy, were recorded as being 'Not asked' for the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale-10 questions. In 2014-15, 0.4% of respondents aged 18 years and over were not asked these questions
Comparability with 2011-12
Bodily pain data are considered directly comparable between the 2014-15 and the 2011-12 NHS.