Analyzing perceived limiting long-term illness using U.K. Census Microdata

Soc Sci Med. 1996 Mar;42(6):857-69. doi: 10.1016/0277-9536(95)00184-0.


The 1991 Census of England, Wales and Scotland is an improvement on previous censuses in providing fine-grained detail on the geography of limiting long-term illness. Another innovation of the 1991 Census is the release of a Sample of Anonymized Records (SARs). These provide a considerable sample of detailed data on individuals at the sub-regional level. This paper explores individual and geographical variations in morbidity through a multilevel analysis of the SARs. Geographical differences in morbidity are found even after allowing for age, sex, ethnicity, housing tenure, social class and car ownership.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Demography*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Wales / epidemiology