Last updated
22 Nov 2021

Do you have any of the following, which have lasted, or are expected to last, at least 12 months?

How do I answer this question?

Select all options that apply and write in details if required.

I am not sure how long my condition will last. How do I answer?

If you have a condition that has lasted less than 12 months, answer based on how long you expect the condition to last.

I am not sure which option to select to include my condition. How do I answer?

If you are unsure which option to select, select ‘Other condition’. If you select 'Other condition', enter the name of the condition.

I am answering for someone else. How do I answer?

If you are answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they are away, select the answer you think they would choose.

Examples of long-term conditions:

Deafness or partial hearing loss examples:

  • Deaf
  • Deafblind
  • Deafened
  • Deafness
  • Hard of hearing
  • Hearing impaired
  • Profoundly deaf
  • Severely deaf

Blindness or partial sight loss examples:

  • Artificial eye
  • Blind
  • Deafblind
  • Detached retina
  • Legally blind
  • Partial sight loss
  • Partially sighted
  • Sight loss
  • Visually impaired

Communication equipment examples:

  • No battery (low tech)
  • Battery operated (high tech)

Full or partial loss of voice or difficulty speaking due to health conditions such as:

  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dementia
  • Head or brain injury
  • Learning disability
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
  • Stroke

Learning disability examples:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Mild learning disability
  • Moderate learning disability
  • Neonatal brain damage
  • Profound learning disability
  • Severe learning disability
  • Special needs

Learning difficulty examples:

  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • General learning difficulty
  • Global learning difficulty
  • Learning difficulty
  • Meares-Irlen syndrome
  • Specific learning difficulty
  • Verbal dyspraxia

Developmental disorder examples:

  • Asperger syndrome
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autistic spectrum condition
  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Emotional learning behaviour
  • Emotional learning difficulty
  • Global developmental delay
  • Oppositional defiant disorder

Physical disability examples:

  • Amputee
  • Hemiplegia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Difficulty walking
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Physically disabled
  • Quadriplegic
  • Unable to walk
  • Uses walking stick
  • Wheelchair user

Mental health condition examples:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Postnatal depression
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Self harm

Long-term illness, disease or condition examples:

  • Angina
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart condition
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid gland condition

Why is this question asked?

The answers to this question provide important information about different health conditions and disabilities in the Scottish population. The data from this question provides information on the experiences and circumstances of people with disabilities. Local governments, public bodies and third sector organisation use this information to measure and assess:

  • service planning
  • healthcare delivery
  • development of social care policies and strategies
  • research

Who should answer this question?

Everyone should answer this question.

Answering on paper

If the name of the condition is longer than the space provided, write in as much as you can using one letter per box.

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