Indicator full name: Availability of social support (number of countries)
Unit: number of countries
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Proportion of people over 50 reported having relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble (SOCIAL_SUPPORT)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 2013—2014
Last updated: 17 October 2019
- WHO European Region
Health 2020 core indicators were agreed by the WHO European Region Member States for monitoring progress towards the Health 2020 targets. Some of these indicators are based on official WHO sources and other are based on non-WHO sources, such as UNESCO and UNDP. Data from WHO sources can be accessed and queried at national level, while data from non-WHO sources is available in aggregated form, for groups of Member States.
Further information: DIR@euro.who.int
European Health Information Initiative:
The European Health Statistics App:
(14) 4.1.b. Availability of social support
This core indicator measures whether self-reported support is perceived to be available from relatives or friends. This should be distinguished from subjective “perceived support” in terms of the level of support or satisfaction with support.
The level of availability of social support is expressed as a percentage of population aged 50 years and over who responded “yes” to the survey question: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them, or not?”