Scottish Longitudinal Study
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What kinds of information does the SLS have about people?

The SLS begins with information from the Scottish Census, and then adds in other administrative sources. Currently this includes:

  • births, deaths and marriages
  • weather and pollution data for each part of Scotland
  • measures of how populated/rural an area is
  • measures of deprivation
  • education information

If individual research questions need health data – for example to find out how pollution is linked to lung cancer – data from NHS Scotland may be linked into the SLS sample for that one project. We do not store NHS data within the SLS at other times.

Explore the variables held in the SLS data dictionary.

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