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​​​​Health​ Interview Survey 2018, Belgium

Since 1997, the Operational Direction Public Health and Surveillance of the Scientific Institute of Public Health has been periodically organizing Health Interview Surveys (HIS) at the population level.

The next survey will take place in 2018.

The purpose of the HIS is to assess the health status of the population and to identify the main health problems as well as the determinants and behaviours that could influence them. These health indicators allow the competent authorities to develop proactive health policies that are adapted to the needs of the population. It is therefore important to conduct such studies on a regular basis, in order to asses whether health condictions are improving overtime or whether new health problems are emerging. In addition, the HIS is embedded in the European Health Interview Survey project, and as such it allows the production of the information required for Belgium.
All the information concerning the previous HIS rounds can be found under the "Outcomes" tab of the left-hand menu.
The HIS is commissioned and co-financed by the different Belgian authorities competent in the field of public health:
  • the Federal Government (FSP public health),
  • the Flemish Community and Region,
  • the Federation Wallonia-Brussels,
  • the Brussels-Capital Region,
  • the Walloon Region,
  • and the German Community.
Data collection is carried out in collaboration with the General Directorate Statistics Belgium of the Ministry of Economy.

The HIS has been approved by the Privacy Commission and the Ethical Committee of Ghent University Hospital, which guarantees that the survey procedures are in line with the privacy legislation.
For more information, please contact the HIS-team.