scope of this survey is to gather statistics related to the way Maltese
residents live, and gathers information related to transport, hobbies, life
satisfaction, smoking, alcohol consumption, health, fruit and vegetable
consumption, weight and height.
description of survey
survey was last carried out between November 2006 and January 2007 amongst
Maltese residents aged 18 and over who live in private households. A gross sample of 2,000 individuals was
selected at random. This was the second
lifestyle survey carried out by the NSO, and data was collected by means of a
postal questionnaire. The questions
included in the questionnaire were based on the questions asked during the
first round of this survey.
and reliability of data
order to ensure that data is of good quality, a series of quality checks were
carried out on the data together with in-built validation checks in the data
entry application. The goal of these
checks was to detect erroneous or questionable survey data and correcting these
errors as much as possible.
and punctuality of data
of the last lifestyle survey were made available in 2007 after the data collection
phase was completed. Information was
collected about the situation during the preceding 12 months.
and clarity of data
results of the lifestyle survey can be accessed by means of a publication
which is available on the NSO website.
and comparability/consistency of data
This data is to an
extent comparable to specific ad-hoc modules contained in the
Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and the European Health Interview Survey in terms of concepts
used. However, the eligibility criteria
are not the same. Therefore, such data
cannot be directly comparable. Although a
systematic random sample approach is used for both the SILC and lifestyle
survey; the lifestyle survey targeted individuals aged 18 years and over while
the SILC survey targets individuals aged 16 and over. On the other hand, the European Health
Interview Survey targets individuals aged 15 and over.