SLAN 2007: Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes & Nutrition in Ireland: Executive Summary
This report presents the main findings from the 2007 Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition in Ireland (SLÁN 2007). This is the third and largest SLÁN survey and the first to include those participating in languages other than English and Irish. Previous studies were carried out in 1998 (Friel et al, 1999) and 2002 (Kelleher et al, 2003). Both these reports are available on the website www.healthpromotion.ie/publications. The main SLÁN 2007 survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews. There were two sub-group studies involving (i) measurement of height, weight and waist circumference(sub-group of younger respondents) and (ii) a detailed physical examination (sub-group of older respondents). The overall aim was to provide nationally representative data on the general health, health behaviours and health service use of adults living in Ireland. The two sub-group studies aimed to provide vital information regarding the health risk profiles of younger and older adults. The themes of SLÁN 2007 were selected based on current national policy and service priorities. Key documents were consulted, including the National Health Strategy, Quality and Fairness (Department of Health and Children, 2001); the National Health Promotion Strategy (Department of Health and Children, 2000); and the Chief Medical Officer’s 4th Annual Report (Department of Health and Children, 2005). Further consultation across the research consortium, funder and Advisory Group produced a prioritised and manageable set of items to assess. A key requirement was to provide a core set of national population health data that would enable comparison within study sub-groups (gender, age and social class), across health service regions within the Health Service Executive (HSE), with other key comparison populations (particularly Northern Ireland) and with previous SLÁN surveys. The SLÁN 2007 survey was funded by the Health Promotion Policy Unit of the Department of Health and Children. The survey and analyses were carried out by the SLÁN 2007 Consortium, consisting of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC), the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).