Long-term health condition: number of conditions

Mnemonic (reference code): LTCOND2

Type: Primary variable

Definition:

A long term condition is any condition(s) which has lasted, or is expected to last at least 12 months. People were asked to tick all boxes that applied to them, of which there were 10. This variable reports how many boxes have been ticked i.e. how many conditions from the list they have. For LTCOND2 each tick simply counts as 1 i.e. a person could have ticked one box to refer to several long-term health conditions but this will only be recorded as 1. If the individual has ticked one of the boxes stating they have a condition as well as the ‘No condition’ box the ‘No condition’ tick will be ignored.

Applicability: Person

Classification:

Code

Name

00

No conditions

01

Single category of condition

02

2 categories of condition

03

3 categories of condition

04

4 categories of condition

05

5 categories of condition

06

6 categories of condition

07

7 categories of condition

08

8 categories of condition

09

9 categories of condition

Total Number of Categories: 10

Source question:

                   Image of question 20 from 2011 questionnaire

                   Scotland 2011

Reasons for asking: The question is aimed at meeting user demand, and to help improve the planning and provision of services for people with a specific long-term health condition.

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons:

This question was new to Scotland’s 2011 census so there is no comparison to be made with 2001 questions and England & Wales don’t have a similar question included in their questionnaire. Northern Ireland did have a question on long-term health conditions in their questionnaire, but with a different set of response categories which limits comparability with data for Scotland.

Tables:

To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.