Are you heathy? That question may look beguilingly simple. But to answer it, one has to traverse many levels, as if opening many doors into your selfhood. There are the obvious physical parameters of health, the hard objective stuff that comes out in X-rays, ECGs and blood tests. And its correlates: what you eat, how much you sleep, whether you keep yourself fit by exercising. But there is also the mind. Do you think you’re healthy? Are you indifferent to it? Are you afraid of going to the doctor, but at the same time do you keep Googling for real or imagined symptoms?
We are a country of a billion deprivations. But even among those not haunted by poverty, there are hidden gaps. The first India Health Survey by Outlook-Karvy Insights seeks to map out this terrain on the urban side. In a variety of ways, we ask that simple question: are you healthy? Read our full survey here.
The Outlook Group-Karvy Insights Urban Health Survey was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited. A total of 1,648 interviews were conducted spread across nine cities: Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Indore, Calcutta, Patna, Chennai, Bangalore and Vijayawada.
All interviews were conducted face to face using a standard structured questionnaire, which was translated into the relevant regional languages. The data was captured in a digital format using tablets/mobiles. The interviews were conducted around hi-end commercial and shopping areas, which were selected carefully within a city so as to ensure a geographical spread. The data collection was conducted between July 23, 2019, and August 1, 2019.
The target group was NCCS A1 wherein we recruited the respondents based on the education of the chief wage earner and number of consumer durables owned by the family. Apart from this, a couple of other variables were additionally used to recruit the targeted profile. Both males and females in the age band of 18-55 years were interviewed. Minimum quotas were kept under different age-bands to ensure minimum sample representation for each age band.