Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population

DEFINITIONS

Alcohol unit – approximately 4 cl 40% strong alcoholic drinks or 12 cl 12% wine is one alcohol unit; 0,5 l beer (5,2%) are two alcohol units. One alcohol unit contains 10 g of absolute alcohol.

Amount of absolute alcohol – the calculation was based on the methodology that equals one unit of alcohol and 10 g of absolute alcohol.

Body mass index (BMI) – is calculated by dividing the body weight in kilograms (kg) by height in meters (m) squared. Pregnant women were asked to indicate their weight before pregnancy.

Current smoker – a person who currently smokes every day and who smoked yesterday or today the last time.

Level of education – primary education equals to first 6 classes/school years, basic education means 7–9 school years, secondary education or secondary specialized education mean 10–12 school years and higher education is 13 or more years of study.

Non-smoker – a person who has never smoked.

Non-working people – pupils/students, conscripts, people staying at home and non-working pensioners.

Occasional smoker – a person who smokes occasionally in the present period.

Region of residence – the regions are divided by NUTS3 as follows:

METHODOLOGY

The study Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population is conducted each even year starting from 1990; and until 2010 formed a part of the Finbalt Health Monitor (Finbalt) co-operative study in which Lithuania, Latvia and Finland participate as well. Conducting the study each time on the basis of common methodology and employing a questionnaire that in a large part contains identical questions, enables the monitoring and analysis of alterations of specific indicators of health behavior over a long period.

For the purposes of the study, a simple random sample from the Estonian population aged between 16 to 64 is ordered from the Population Registry; the sample consists of 5000 individuals. The questionnaire includes the same questions to all participants of the Finbalt survey, and essential Estonian-specific additional questions. As the population register does not register ethnic nationality on a systematic basis, a Russian form was sent to everybody whose mother tongue was not Estonian according to the registered information, or – in case the information was missing – to all persons whose name and family name sounded foreign.

PUBLICATIONS

Reile, R., Tekkel, M., Veideman, T. (2019). Eesti Täiskasvanud Rahvastiku Tervisekäitumise Uuring, 2018. Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population, 2018. National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn. Report is available here in pdf-format

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T. (2017). Eesti Täiskasvanud Rahvastiku Tervisekäitumise Uuring, 2016. Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population, 2016. National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn. Report is available here in pdf-format

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T. (2015). Eesti Täiskasvanud Rahvastiku Tervisekäitumise Uuring, 2014. Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population, 2014. National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn. Report is available here in pdf-format

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T. (2013). Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population 2012. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development. (.pdf)

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T. (2011). Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population 2010. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development. (.pdf)

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T., Rahu, M. (2009). Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population 2008. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development. (.pdf)

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T., Rahu, M. (2007). Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population 2006. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development. (.pdf)

Tekkel, M., Veideman, T., Rahu, M. (2005). Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population 2004. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development. (.pdf)

LINKS

Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) home page of FinBalt Study

CONTACT

Tatjana Veideman

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

National Institute for Health Development

Phone: +372 659 3945

E-mail: Tatjana.Veideman[at]tai.ee


Rainer Reile

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

National Institute for Health Development

E-mail: Rainer.Reile[at]tai.ee

 

 

Updated: 29.03.2019