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The survey was undertaken by NatCen Social Research, with the interviews taking place between July and September 2013. The sample size for the health questions was 1,063. Interviews were carried out face-to-face with a random sample of adults. The data is weighted to ensure it is representative of the general population.
About the British Social Attitudes survey
The British Social Attitudes survey is owned and directed by NatCen Social Research, and has been conducted every year since 1983 with the exception of 1988 and 1992. This is the third year that The King’s Fund has sponsored health questions in the survey. As well as the questions on satisfaction with the NHS and individual services, the survey included a number of other health questions – some of these, along with findings from other topics covered in the survey, will be published in the British Social Attitudes 31st Report in June 2014.
The main question asked was ‘All in all, how satisfied or dissatisfied would you say you are with the way in which the National Health Service runs nowadays?’ Satisfaction as reported here aggregates those who answer ‘very’ and ‘quite’ satisfied. It includes those who have had recent contact with the NHS and those who have not. The NHS is one among a number of topics covered by the survey. Although some of the individual questions may change from year to year, the order in which the topics are covered in the survey and the order in which questions on the NHS are asked have not changed in recent years.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.