Table 3

 Characteristics of 13 899 Health Survey for England (HSE) and Scottish Health Survey (SHS) respondents and number reporting fair to very bad health

CharacteristicNumber (%)Number (%) reporting fair to very bad health
Sex
Male6213 (44.7)1568 (25.2)
Female7686 (55.3)1997 (26.0)
Age
16–241748 (12.6)297 (17)
25–342899 (20.9)472 (16.3)
35–442719 (19.6)535 (19.7)
45–542292 (16.5)605 (26.4)
55–642008 (14.5)722 (35.9)
65–741470 (10.6)578 (39.3)
75–84603 (4.3)276 (45.8)
85+159 (1.2)80 (50.3)
Social class
I568 (4.1)55 (9.7)
II3146 (22.6)541 (17.2)
III nm3259 (23.4)666 (20.4)
III m2649 (19.1)845 (31.9)
IV2331 (16.8)809 (34.7)
V943 (6.8)374 (39.7)
Economic activity
Employed7622 (55.0)1100 (14.4)
Unemployed660 (4.7)203 (30.8)
Retired2419 (17.4)973 (40.2)
Other (long term sick, homemakers, etc)3170 (22.8)1275 (40.2)
Self rated health
Very good4686 (33.7)
Good5647 (40.6)
Fair2692 (19.4)
Bad680 (4.9)
Very bad193 (1.4)
Data missing1 (0)