The Saudi Health Interview Survey (SHIS) is a large national survey that assessed chronic diseases, health behaviors, and risk factors among adults aged 15 or older in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The survey consisted of a household roster, a questionnaire and physical measurements, and a lab-based biomedical examination. SHIS found a high prevalence of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension in the Kingdom. It also found that few people seek preventive medical care and many have undiagnosed or borderline diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension. The survey identified important differences in health trends across regions. SHIS findings are helping the Ministry of Health (MOH) better understand the health of people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and inform health policymaking and planning. IHME and the MOH also incorporated data from SHIS into at-a-glance pamphlets that aim to raise the Kingdom’s citizens’ awareness about diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and smoking.
- Why are SHIS findings different from those previously reported by other studies?
- Smoking in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Findings from the Saudi Health Interview Survey