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Healthy Ireland Summary Report 2019


Department of Health (RoI)

Subject Keywords: Smoking, Physical activity, GP
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual interviewer-administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health. It is part of the Healthy Ireland Framework to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland.

The objectives of this survey are to:

• Provide and report on current and credible data in order to enhance the monitoring and assessment of the various policy initiatives under the Framework

• Support and enhance Ireland’s ability to meet many of its international reporting obligations

• Feed into the Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland and contribute to assessing, monitoring and realising the benefits of the overall health reform strategy

• Allow targeted monitoring where necessary, with an outcomes-focussed approach, leading to enhanced responsiveness and agility from a policy-making perspective

• Support the Department of Health in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas and support better understanding of policy priorities

This report provides an overview of results from the fifth wave of this survey. The fifth wave consists of 7,413 interviews conducted with a representative sample of the population aged 15 and older living in Ireland. Respondents were selected using a probability-based methodology and interviewed in their homes. Survey fieldwork was conducted by Ipsos MRBI between September 2018 and September 2019.

This wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey covers a variety of topics including:

• Smoking

• Tobacco packaging

• Physical activity

• General health

• Physical measurements (weight, height and waist circumference)

• Usage of GPs

• Usage of other health professionals

• Sun protection• Caring Responsibilities

• Sleep

• Parents and Health

Where appropriate, survey results are compared to results of the initial four waves of this survey conducted between 2014 and 2018. Reports on these waves of the survey have been published separately. At the time of publication, survey fieldwork on the sixth wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey is already underway and publication of results is expected in autumn 2020



Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Department of Health (RoI). (2019) Healthy Ireland Summary Report 2019 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 7th April 2020].


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