Count of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)
This variable describes the number of selected long-term health conditions a person has reported. The selected long-term health conditions include:
- cancer (including remission)
- dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
- diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
- heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
- kidney disease
- lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
- mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count.
None of the selected conditions
Three or more conditions
Number of categories: 6
Question(s) from the Census form
Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of selected long-term conditions a person reports.
If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. However, if a person selects, for example, ‘Asthma’ and ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they would be included in category 1, ‘One condition’.
People who report over three conditions are grouped together in category 3, ‘Three or more conditions’.
History and changes
This is a new variable for 2021.
Data use considerations
There are no data use considerations for this variable.