Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ document can be downloaded using the link below, sections include:

- About the Health Profiles
- About the Health Profiles online tool
- About the data
- About the Health Profiles Project
- How to find out more

Health Profiles Frequently Asked Questions July 2016 (the document is in pdf format)

A rationale document has been produced to explain the reasoning behind changes made to indicators presented in the 2016 Health Profiles:
Rationale for changes to indicators presented in the Health Profiles online tool and annual pdf

For a list of questions specific to the data presented within each previous annual Health Profile pdf release, see the files split by year:

excel spreadsheet

Health Profiles Data Questions 2016
Health Profiles Data Questions 2015
Health Profiles Data Questions 2014
Health Profiles Data Questions 2013
Health Profiles Data Questions 2012
Health Profiles Data Questions 2011
Health Profiles Data Questions 2010

You can also find the most up to date information using the definitions display on the online tool. This contains various metadata for each individual indicator including how they have been calculated and their underlying source.

How to use the Health Profiles online tool

Step 1: Select a geography type of interest

- District & UA Region (lower tier) – the default selection
- County & UA (upper tier)
- Region

Step 2: Select an area or group of areas of interest
For local authorities you can choose how you wish to group them:

- Region – the default selection
- PHE Centre
- ONS cluster group (for lower tier local authorities)
- Deprivation decile (for upper tier local authorities)

The default benchmark is the England average, alternatively you can select Region.

Step 3: Select a domain
Domains group indicators by topic, options are:

- Our communities (6 indicators)
- Children’s and young people’s health (5 indicators)
- Adults’ health and lifestyle (3 indicators)
- Disease and poor health (7 indicators)
- Life expectancy and causes of death (10 indicators)
- Inequalities indicators (6 indicators)
- All spine chart indicators (31 indicators)

 Step 4: Select the view of interest

- Overview (or tartan rug) - the default selection
- Compare indicators (a scatter plot between two indicators)
- Map (show the data for the selected indicator geographically)
- Trends (show previous time points for the selected indicator)
- Compare areas (show values for each area in the selected group for the selected indicator)
- Area profiles (show all indicators in the selected domain for the area group)
- Inequalities (when available, breakdown the data by topics like gender, ethnicity or deprivation)
- Definitions (information on the source data and methodology used for each indicator)
- Download (export the underlying data to Excel, or download a pdf report)