European Health Interview Survey 2019

The third wave of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) is currently being carried out (i.e. in the second half of 2019). EHIS is compulsory for all EU countries, as stipulated by the Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/255 of 19 February 2018 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards statistics based on the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS). Requirements of this EC Regulation have been met by the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic (IHIS), as agreed previously by the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO) and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (MZ CR).

How the survey is organised?

Just as in 2014, data collection is carried out in cooperation with the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO) and the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

EHIS 2019 at a glance

  • The survey is carried out as part of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS), which has been regularly implemented by the Czech Statistical Office. In each household visited by the interviewers, among persons aged 15 years or older, one person is drawn from one- or two-person households and two persons are drawn from three- or more-person households. The drawn persons are asked to be interviewed. It is estimated that about 7,500 questionnaires will be completed in this way.
  • Data collection is being carried out now, i.e. in the second half of 2019.
  • Data are mostly collected using an electronic questionnaire, which is completed by interviewers based on the responders’ answers.
  • In a selected subgroup of respondents (i.e. those aged 25 to 64), EHIS is followed by a physical examination, which is carried out within the European Health Examination Survey (EHES). In 2019, this examination includes anthropometric measurements, blood pressure test and a basic blood test (total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glycated haemoglobin and thyroid-stimulating hormone). This part of the survey is ensured by the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH).