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Healthy Ireland Survey 2018 - Summary of Findings


Department of Health

Subject Keywords: Health, Wellbeing, Data
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual interviewer-administered face-to-face survey of the health and wellbeing of the population. It is part of the Healthy Ireland Framework to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. The data from the Healthy Ireland Survey provide an up-to-date picture of the nation’s health. The results give us a baseline set of data telling us how healthy or unhealthy Ireland currently is. We can then use future surveys to assess whether or not our policies are working.

More than 10,000 households were randomly selected for the nationwide survey which is designed to provide vital data on the state of the nation’s health. Over 7,700 people aged 15 years and over participated in both waves of the survey.

The Survey is carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Department of Health. The first wave of the survey was carried out during 2014/2015 and a report of its findings was published in October 2015. The second wave of the survey was carried out during 2015/16 and a report of its findings was published in October 2016. The third wave, wave 3 of the survey was carried out during 2016/17 and was published in 2017. The latest wave, wave 4 of the survey was carried out during 2017/18 and was published in 2018.

The objectives of this survey are to:

• Provide and report on current and credible data in order to enhance the monitoring and assessment of the various policy initiatives under the Framework

• Support and enhance Ireland’s ability to meet many of its international reporting obligations

• Feed into the Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland and contribute to assessing, monitoring and realising the benefits of the overall health reform strategy

• Allow targeted monitoring where necessary, with an outcomes-focussed approach, leading to enhanced responsiveness and agility from a policy-making perspective

• Support the Department of Health in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas and support better understanding of policy priorities

Summary of findings Wave 3 Healthy Ireland Survey 2017

Summary of findings Wave 2 Healthy Ireland Survey 2016  

Summary of findings Wave 1 Healthy Ireland survey 2015





Suggested citation:

Department of Health. (2018) Healthy Ireland Survey 2018 - Summary of Findings [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 17th September 2019].


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