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A new dataset

Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Health

The 2003/2004 National Health Survey was conducted within the framework of the World Mental Health Survey Initiative of the World Health Organization. The survey was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, and carried out by the Central Bureau of Statistics during one year, beginning in May 2003. The survey was conducted in 27 countries around the world, and in each one the same research tool was used for diagnosing mental disorders in the community. This tool is based on CIDI. The survey was designed to estimate the frequency of physical and mental illness in the general public, and focuses on treated and untreated conditions, and the repercussions of illness on functional disability and on the economic burden on the individual and his family. The survey data were processed by teams from the Ministry of Health and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in cooperation with workers from the International Data Coordination Center at Harvard University.

The survey population includes all those aged 21 and over in the permanent population of Israel. 7,075 people were sampled for the survey; of whom 4,859 were interviewed. The data was collected in face-to-face interviews in the interviewee’s home, using a laptop computer with the “Blaise” program, and lasted an average of one hour each. The interviews were conducted in Hebrew, Arabic or Russian.

The survey questionnaire includes about 1,400! items in a number of questionnaires that can be divided into two main parts: the first is a core questionnaire, with questions intended for all interviewees. The second part is a series of specific questionnaires; some are intended for all the interviewees and, according to their responses at the beginning of the questionnaire, it is determined whether or not they continue. The rest of the questionnaires are directed to interviewees according to their responses in the core questionnaire to questions which screen for mental disorders.

The dataset received in the ISDC includes 6 data files:

  1. The core questionnaire
  2. Mental and emotional disorders : depression, affective bi-polar disorder, manic episodes, dysthymia, panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, suicidality
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder
  4. Alcohol and drug addiction
  5. Use of medication and use of health services
  6. Mental diagnoses (computed items)
ISDC staff is now processing the datathat has been accepted few days ago. It is expected that the core questionnaire will be ready for use by the end of this month while the other parts will be processed and released later on.

Other datasets that are soon expected from the Central Bureau of Statistics:

  • Labour Force Survey 2005
  • Income Survey 2005
  • Household Expenditure Survey 2005
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