What can the NILS be used for?

The NILS offers the potential to look at a wide range of important social and epidemiological issues including occupational mortality; fertility change; family structure; women’s occupations; geographical and social inequalities in health; social mobility; and the health of ethnic minorities and religious groups. This is evidenced in numerous academic and policy outputs, much of which has fed into government social and health policy initiatives. Researchers should note that due to legal requirements, all research carried out on the NILS database must be related to health and social care. Please see the NILS Essential Criteria guidance for further information.

For examples of the range of possible research opportunities available please refer to the Projects section of the website, which contains a list of all current and completed projects.

Full information about the data and linkages can be viewed in the 'What data are included?' section and more detail on NILS variables can be found in the Data Dictionary.

The creation of the NILS data, and the associated policies and procedures to protect the data, have been assessed by the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI) and received a favourable ethical opinion.



We are very pleased to announce the new version of our data dictionary interface featuring: full variable information, advanced search options and the ability to save your own variable lists between sessions. We would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the new system so please find out more...


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