SLS Training Seminar

7th December 2017, 9.15-12.15am (Registration 9-9.15am) – The Dome, New Register House, 3 W Register St, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT

The Training Seminar will focus on introducing the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) and the types of research that can be done with it. The SLS links together routinely collected administrative data for a 5.3% representative sample of the Scottish population (about 270,000 people). It includes a wealth of information from the censuses (1991-2011), vital events registrations (births, deaths, marriages), weather and pollution data, and education data from 2007 onwards. The SLS with appropriate permissions can also be linked to other health data sources including cancer registry and hospital admission data. An overview of all these data are given, along with information on accessing the SLS, SLS governance and some distributions of key research variables (such as health, socio-economic status, ethnicity and religion) to demonstrate SLS sample size.

The size and scope of the SLS make it an unparalleled resource for analysing a range of socio-economic, demographic and health questions, including those which are based on reasonably rare events. The longitudinal nature of the SLS is particularly valuable; it provides insights into the health and social status of the Scottish population and how it changes over time. Examples of current and past research projects using the SLS are given to demonstrate the scope of the research that can be undertaken using the SLS. Additionally, developments within the support unit are described in the seminar including bespoke synthetic data extracts, eDataShield and the new data sources of the 1936 Birth Cohort and historical postcode data.

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