During last 12 months, have you experienced any of the following…
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").
During this period, did you lose your appetite?
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 those respondents who responded “yes” to having either of the symptoms described in Q6029 or Q6030 (loss of interest/low energy). This question seeks to determine whether the respondent had the symptom of much smaller appetite than usual, accompanied by low mood/energy. In many cases loss of appetite is usually accompanied by weight loss.