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Results of Health Ireland 2018 Survey, with a focus on health inequalities, released today.

24 October 2018

Results of Health Ireland 2018 Survey, with a focus on health inequalities, released today. 

Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual survey of the health and wellbeing of the Irish population. The data from the Survey provides an up-to-date picture of the nation’s health. The results tell us how healthy or unhealthy Ireland currently is.  

Ipsos MRBI, on behalf of the Department of Health, carried out the latest wave, wave 4 of the survey in 2017/18.

The survey provides and reports on current and credible data in order to enhance the monitoring and assessment of the various policy initiatives under the Healthy Ireland Framework

The Survey found that:

• Those in more deprived areas are less likely to rate their health as good or very good, and more likely to have a long-term health problem

• Those in more deprived areas are also more likely to smoke and binge drink

• Self-rated good health declines earlier for men in deprived areas (around the age of 55 to 64) than it does for both men in affluent areas and women in deprived areas

• Women living in more deprived areas are more likely than those in affluent areas to continue smoking and binge drinking into their 50s

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