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Population Health Survey 2020

Population Health Survey 2020


(1)    Background

To understand the health status of the Hong Kong population, their health-related lifestyle practices and collect other important health information, the Department of Health (DH) is conducting a territory-wide population health survey (PHS). The main fieldwork will commence in November 2020 and is expected to last for 15 months.


(2)    Objectives

The aim of this survey is to strengthen the Government's information base to assess health status of the population of Hong Kong.


(3)    Target population

Hong Kong land-based non-institutional population aged 15 or above.  


(4)    Contents of PHS

The PHS comprises two parts:

A. Household interview

DH has commissioned the MOV Data Collection Center Limited to conduct household interview for PHS 2020. A sample of quarters is selected by DH using a scientific method. Invitation letters will be sent to the selected quarters by post before the household visits or brought by the interviewers during the visit. Each Interviewer from the MOV Data Collection Center Limited will carry an identity card issued by DH for identification purpose. The interviewers will conduct personal interviews with all eligible members aged 15 or above in the households, and they will also be invited to fill in a self-administered questionnaire. Moreover, all respondents aged between 15 and 84 will be invited to participate in and sign a consent form for health examination.

The interviewers will ask about your physical and psychosocial health status, health-related lifestyle practices, preventive health practices and some household information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviewers will adopt precautionary infection control measures when conducting interviews.

B. Health examination  

DH has commissioned the KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited to provide health examination service for PHS 2020. Selected respondents will further be invited to undergo health examination at designated centers of the KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited. Health examination centers are located at Tsuen Wan, Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Central. The health examination is free of charge and the process will take about 45-60 minutes. Health examination reports and appropriate health advice will later be given, free of charge, to those who joined the health examination. The health examination items include:

Physical measurements

  • blood pressure, body height and weight, waist and hip circumferences;

Biochemical tests

  • lipid profile (e.g. total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglyceride);
  • tests for glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and fasting plasma glucose;
  • tests for haemoglobin, iron status (e.g. serum ferritin and serum iron);
  • tests for viral hepatitis (e.g. hepatitis A, C & E antibodies and hepatitis B antigens);
  • spot urine test for iodine; and
  • 24-hour urine test for sodium, potassium and creatinine.


(5)    Handling of data collected by PHS 2020

All data collected will only be used for research and statistical purposes. Survey results will only be released in aggregated form. All personal data and contact information collected will be kept strictly confidential.

If your family is invited to take part in PHS 2020, please give us your generous support. Your active participation is helpful for improving public health in Hong Kong. As a token of appreciation, DH will provide cash coupon to each of the household interview participants. Additional cash coupons will be provided to those who are eligible and have completed the health examination.


(6)    Enquiry

For enquiries about household interview, verification of the interviewer’s identity or making appointment for interview, please call MOV Data Collection Center Limited at 3900 1194 between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday (including public holidays).

For enquiries about health examination or verification of logistics and the companies commissioned to undertake this survey, please call DH at 2426 5208 during 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.


(7)    Relevant information and publications:

1. Promotional leaflet of Population Health Survey 2020

2. Promotional video of Population Health Survey 2020

3. Report of Population Health Survey 2014/15

4. Report of Population Health Survey 2003/2004 (Executive Summary)


(8)    “Partnership for Healthy Cities”

The “Partnership for Healthy Cities” is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vital Strategies. It supports the Population Health Survey 2020 as an evidence-based intervention to prevent non-communicable diseases. For more information on the Partnership for Healthy Cities, please visit