Health Education Population Survey

Large group of people from different backgrounds

The Health Education Population Survey (HEPS) monitored health-related knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and behavioural motivations amongst adults (aged 16-74) in mainland Scotland.

The survey ran from 1996 to 2007 with a nationally representative annual sample of around 1800 individuals and a response rate around 70%. From 2008, the survey was replaced by the Knowledge, Attitudes and Motivations (KAM) module in the Scottish Government´s Scottish Health Survey.

Know, feel, do? Health behaviour change in Scotland, 1996 to 2007 (external link)

This report provides a high-level assessment of change in adult health behaviours, knowledge and motivations in Scotland between 1996 and 2007. A 12-year span of consistent, comparable data from the Health Education Population Survey (HEPS) is used to examine trends across three main health topics: smoking, physical activity and healthy eating. Summary health scores, which combine the three topics for behaviour, for knowledge and for motivation, are also analysed. We conclude that there was welcome modest improvement in health behaviour, knowledge and motivation in Scotland between 1996 and 2007.

Reviewed 15/07/2014

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