During the last 12 months, have you experienced…
For this set of questions, the interviewer must read out a series of symptoms and determine if the respondent had any of those symptoms in the last 12 months. The point of asking symptom-related questions is to screen those individuals who might have a specific health condition or disease. Because there could be a number of symptoms that characterise a given health condition, and because some symptoms may be common to different conditions, it is important that the interviewer probe for each symptom to see whether the respondent may have an active disease. It is also important that the time period for the symptoms (in the last 12 months) be clearly understood by the respondent and not confused with other time frames used in this section (such as "ever" and "the last 2 weeks").
What do you do if you get the pain or discomfort when you are walking?
Stop or slow down
Carry on after taking a pain relieving medicine
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
This question is only asked to respondents who answered yes to either question 6012 or 6013, that is reported experiencing chest pain in the last 12 months. The purpose is to distinguish the different types of chest pain. One of the characteristics of angina-related pain is that it decreases or disappears with lower levels of physical activity. Persons with angina tend to slow down or stop what they are doing to get rid of the pain. Another
option is to take a small white tablet that dissolves in the mouth and does not need to be swallowed (called nitro-glycerine). It is also possible that persons with chest pain will simply carry on with what they were doing, taking no specific action. The interviewer should read the three response options to the respondent and record the action taken most often.