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Health Studies User Conference 2022

12 Jul 2022 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Do you want to know the latest developments in health data from social surveys? Would you like to understand more about the impact of COVID-19 on these studies and their outputs? Are you interested in research using health data?

The annual Health Studies User Conference is a one-day conference organised by the UK Data Service in collaboration with UCL and the National Centre for Social Research. This year the conference will again be held online and is free to attend.

We are very pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for this year's conference is Laura Johnson, Director of the Centre for Health Research at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), who will be discussing how the pandemic has affected health and health related behaviours.

There will be parallel research presentation sessions on the themes of:

  • COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • COVID-19 and Mental Health
  • Health inequalities

Each session will include talks from researchers who have conducted analyses using health data as well as a Q&A.

Attendees will also hear updates from the data producers of key UK social surveys (cross-sectional and longitudinal studies) with health-related content, such as:

  • Health Survey for England
  • Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey
  • Birth Cohort Studies
  • Understanding Society
  • English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  • and more

The programme, slides and abstracts are available under event resources, below.

Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSHealth22

Event resources



Recording: Morning session (Keynote and data updates)

Are we there yet? Adjusting to the new normal in health research, Laura Johnson

Major health surveys during the second year of the pandemic, Anne Conolly

Designing the next Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS), Katie Ridout

Understanding patient experience: an introduction to the GP Patient Survey and NHS Patient Survey Programme, Eileen Irvin

Introduction to Understanding Society, Meena Kumari

Birth Cohort Studies, Richard Silverwood

English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA): Wave 10: Changes and Adaptations, Alexandra Lee

Recording: COVID-19 and Health inequalities parallel sessions

Changes in social environments and smoking among young adults during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eunice Leong

Employment related COVID-19 exposure risk among disabled people in the UK, Andrew Bryce

Coronavirus restrictions and subjective wellbeing (SWB): New evidence from the ONS OPN Covid-19 Survey, Chris Deeming

Long-term health conditions and labour market outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Edward JD Webb

Recording: Mental health, and COVID-19 and mental health sessions

Multimorbidity and mental health for people who have experienced homelessness, Natasha Chilman

Exploring the longitudinal impact of social media on adolescent mental health, Ruth Plackett

An intersectional analysis of inequalities in young people’s mental health within the higher education context, Kieran Balloo and Anesa Hosein

The association of common mental disorders and oral health outcomes in a representative older adult population aged 50+, Afshan Mirza

Ethnic inequalities in cervical screening uptake in the UK, Deborah Chilekwa

Understanding the burden of chronic back pain: a spatial microsimulation of chronic back pain at small area level across England, Harrison Smalley

Sexual orientation identity and type II diabetes: individual participant meta-analysis of 3,580 cases among 100,503 individuals from fourteen health surveys in the UK, Joanna Semlyen and Jane Skinner

Housing, financial conditions and mental health during a pandemic, Marco Felici

Is caring for others good for our mental health? Evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, Chiara Costi

Key worker health status pre- and during the COVID19 pandemic: an explorative analysis using the EQ-5D-5L, Gemma E Shields

COVID-19 lockdown, (un)employment and mental health: Evidence from the UK, Srinjoy Sen

Recording: Open parallel session

The effect of social participation on health and well-being: Evidence using Spatial Marginal Treatment Effects Model, Anna Wilding

Performance-related pay and objective measures of health after correcting for sample selection, Nicole Andelic

Daily eating windows amongst UK adults and their relationship with metabolic health: Insights from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, Mel de Lange

Recording: Final session (Using and accessing health studies and training resources)

Showcase of UK Data Service learning resources, Alle Bloom

Update on NHS Digital Population Health Surveys and the Data Access Request Service (DARS), Bethan Thomas

What is the CLOSER Learning Hub and how can it help me in using longitudinal studies for my research?, Neil Kaye

Using linked Hospital Episode Statistics data to aid the handling of non-response and restore sample representativeness in the 1958 National Child Development Study, Nasir Rajah