Number of long-term health conditions

Mnemonic (reference code): LTCOND2

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

Type: Primary variable


A long term condition is any condition(s) which has lasted, or is expected to last at least 12 months. People were asked to tick all boxes that applied to them, of which there were 10. This variable reports how many boxes have been ticked i.e. how many conditions from the list they have. For LTCOND2 each tick simply counts as 1 i.e. a person could have ticked one box to refer to several long-term health conditions but this will only be recorded as 1. If the individual has ticked one of the boxes stating they have a condition as well as the ‘No condition’ box the ‘No condition’ tick will be ignored.

Applicability: Person





No conditions


Single category of condition


2 categories of condition


3 categories of condition


4 categories of condition


5 categories of condition


6 categories of condition


7 categories of condition


8 categories of condition


9 categories of condition

Total Number of Categories: 10

Source question:

                    Image of question 20 from 2011 questionnaire

                   Scotland 2011

Reasons for asking: The question is aimed at meeting user demand, and to help improve the planning and provision of services for people with a specific long-term health condition.

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons:

This question was new to Scotland’s 2011 census so there is no comparison to be made with 2001 questions and England & Wales don’t have a similar question included in their questionnaire. Northern Ireland did have a question on long-term health conditions in their questionnaire, but with a different set of response categories which limits comparability with data for Scotland.


To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.