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Release: Life Opportunities Survey, Wave Two, Part I

Released: 15 November 2012 Next edition: 10 April 2014


Joanna Bulman

ONS Social Survey Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455914

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Health Inequalities, People and Places, Communities, Cohesion and Participation

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) explores disability in terms of the barriers to participation that people experience.

  • Of all adults with at least one impairment at Wave One, 34% were found to have offset from impairment, that is, they no longer reported any impairment at Wave Two.

  • Of all adults with at least one impairment at Wave One, 66% reported at least one impairment at Wave Two. However, there was a great deal of change in the types of impairments these adults reported at Wave One and at Wave Two.

  • Of all adults without an impairment at Wave One, around 13% were found to have acquired at least one impairment at Wave Two.

The findings presented are based on longitudinal data collected from the first two waves of the survey.

Estimates included in the report have been revised in light of an improvement to the LOS weighting method (136.9 Kb Pdf) . The improvement was made in order to address the downward bias in the estimates of onset of impairment rates present (and acknowledged) in the previously published results. The change in method has resulted in an increase in the estimates of onset rates (see Chapter 3 of the report) from those previously published; for example the overall onset rate increased from 8% to 13%. The revised estimates were published on 10th April 2014; all previously published materials have been updated with revised figures.

Respondents to the LOS were interviewed for the first time in wave one (between June 2009 and March 2010) and then followed up in wave two (June 2010 to March 2012), approximately one year after their initial interview.

Comparison of how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society in a number of life areas. This report will present findings from Wave Two of the survey, focusing on changes since Wave One.

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