This is the third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) in Ireland, conducted in 2007 using face-to-face interviews with adults aged 18 years or over, interviewed at home addresses.
SLÁN 2007 follows on from two previous surveys using postal questionnaires – in 1998, involving 6,539 respondents with a 62% response rate, and in 2002, involving 5,992 respondents with a 53% response rate.
The SLÁN 2007 main survey involved 10,364 respondents (62% response rate), with a sub-study on body size with 967 younger adults (aged 18-44 years) and a more detailed physical examination involving nurse assessment and blood and urine sampling in 1,207 adults (aged 45 years and over). The sample was representative of the general population in Ireland when compared with Census 2006 figures and was further weighted to match the Census for analysis. Most findings were analysed by gender, age and social class categories. The results of SLÁN 2007 are compared with those of SLÁN 1998 and 2002 where possible, and with HBSC 2006 where relevant.