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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II, 1976-1980: Serum Cholesterol (ICPSR 8867)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The NHANES II Serum Cholesterol data file contains two parts of the extensive data available from NHANES II: demographic information obtained during the household interview on all examined participants, and laboratory results (for a subset of those examined) on one of the serum lipids relevant to cardiovascular disease (cholesterol, triglycerides, and high density lipoproteins). The demographic data include information on the type of residence and housing, composition of the household, vehicles, languages spoken, income sources and amounts, food stamps and commodity foods, employment, age, race and national ancestry, sex, education, marital status, veteran status, and region of country. The serum lipid data in this file are the Abell-Kendall serum cholesterol values, obtained from laboratory analyses of blood serum samples from fasting and non-fasting individuals.

Series: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Followup Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY II, 1976-1980: SERUM CHOLESTEROL. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08867.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08867.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cardiovascular disease, demographic characteristics, health status, physical condition

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976--1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976-02--1980-02

Universe:    The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States ages 6 months through 74 years.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data contain blanks. (2) The codebook contains frequencies for all discrete variables.


Sample:    A nationwide probability sample of 27,801 persons was drawn from the designated universe. It was a multistage random sample, involving both clustering and stratification, with oversampling of certain population groups thought to be at high risk of malnutrition (persons with low incomes, preschool children, and the elderly). Of these, 25,286 were interviewed and 20,322 were examined. Serum cholesterol blood samples were collected from 11,864 persons ages 20 to 74 years old. Adjusted sampling weights were computed to reflect the individual selection probability, adjust for non-response, and inflate the sample to reflect the age, sex, and race categories of the estimated universe. The appropriate sample weight for this file is the "Examined Final Weight" variable.

Data Source:

household interviews, and laboratory reports

Restrictions: In preparing the data tapes for these collections, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-06-01

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