What is EHES?


BannerEuropean Health Examination Survey (EHES) is an initiative to set up a system of standardized, representative health examination surveys (HES) of the adult population of the European countries. Health examination surveys include questionnaire(s) as well as physical measurements, such as blood pressure, and collection of biological samples such as blood or urine. In the background is a demand by countries and the European Commission for evidence about the health and health risks of the population. This is needed for the planning and evaluation of health policies and preventive actions. Health and health risks, which predict future health, are key issues for people's welfare, for keeping the work force fit and to minimize the need for health care for the aging population.

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Why is EHES needed?

Information about the health and health risks of the population is one of the corner-stones of prevention. It is needed for evidence based planning and evaluation of health policies and preventive activities. Some population level information, such as mortality, can be obtained from registries. Some can be obtained from interview surveys, such as the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), which is being developed under the leadership of Eurostat. Health examination surveys (HES) complement registries and interview surveys by providing information on major public health problems which cannot be obtained objectively or at all from other sources. information concerns blood pressure, blood cholesterols, blood glucose, which is an indicator of diabetes, and objective information on obesity.

Kuulasmaa K, Tolonen H (Prepared). What is EHES and why it is needed? National Institute for Health and Welfare, 2013. Dicussion_Paper 2013_007. URN:ISBN: 978-952-245-844-5, URL: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-245-844-5 for more information.

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The EHES Pilot Project (2009-2012) and the current phase under BRIDGE Health Project (2015-2017) received funding from the European Commission/DG Santé. The views expressed here are those of the authors and they do not represent Commission’s official position.