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Date Last Updated: 26-03-2018

Survey Name:

Irish Health Survey

Survey purpose:

The Irish Health Survey (IHS) is the Irish version of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS). This survey fulfils the need for public health policies to obtain reliable data on health status, health care usage and health determinants. It allows for health comparisons to be made across Europe.

Legislative Basis National:

Legislative Basis European:

Commission Regulation (EU) No 141/2013


Ad hoc

Statistical Population:

All individuals aged 15 years or older in the State

Sampling Frame:

Census of Population

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

There are 10,323 respondents to this survey

Principal Variables:

The Minimum European Health Module (MEHM), which is comprised of general self-perceived health, self-reported longstanding illnesses and longstanding health problmes, and self-reported long-standing limitations in activities people usually do because of health problems.

Principal External Users:

Department of Health, Health Service Executive, Eurostat, researchers, media, general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Damien Lenihan

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000