Nature of long-term health condition

Mnemonic (reference code): NATCON

Note: This variable is also listed under the title 'Long-term health conditions, nature of'

Type: Derived variable

Definition: This variable indicates whether or not an individual has identified themselves as having a long term health condition which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. The conditions presented as response options were deafness or partial hearing loss, blindness or partial sight loss, a learning disability (for example Down’s Syndrome), a learning difficulty (for example dyslexia), a developmental disorder (for example autistic spectrum disorder or Asperger’s syndrome), a physical disability, a mental health condition, a long-term illness, disease or condition and other condition. (Although the categories ‘Long-term illness, disease or condition’ and ‘Other condition’ were presented as separate response options, they were combined into a composite ‘Other condition’ category for the purposes of statistical outputs.)

Applicability: Person





Does not have a health condition


Has a health condition


No code required

Total number of categories: 3

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term-time.

Source variables NATCON is derived from:

LTCOND1 (Primary variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)


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