This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
These data are freely available.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2006. ICPSR20681-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20681.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20681.v3
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: assistive devices, child health, disabilities, doctor visits, families, health behavior, health care access, health care services, health services utilization, health status, hospitalization, households, illness, immunization, injuries, mental health, physical disabilities, poisoning
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Data Types: clinical data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The User Guide contains information regarding the merging of files and the use of weight variables, along with information regarding changes to the 2006 NHIS.
Beginning in 2005, the NHIS no longer allows an emancipated minor (someone between the ages of 14 and 17 living on their own without supervision of an adult family member or legal guardian) to be an eligible respondent or a sample adult or sample child. An emancipated minor is not eligible to be the respondent for the Sample Child questionnaire even if they are the parent of the sample child.
Questionnaires have been provided in both English and Spanish.
Part 7, Injury/Poison Episode Verbatim, is available only with SPSS setup files.
To learn more about the National Health Interview Survey, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site. At that site you can join the HISUSERS e-mail list by providing your name and e-mail address, selecting the item, "National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) researchers", and clicking on "subscribe".
Sample: The NHIS uses a stratified multistage probability design. Oversampling of the Black and Hispanic populations has been retained in 2006 to allow for more precise estimation of health characteristics in these growing minority populations. The new sample design also oversamples the Asian population.
Weight: These data contain multiple weight variables for each part. Users should refer to the User Guide for further information regarding the weights and their derivation. Additionally, users may need to weight the data prior to analysis.
Mode of Data Collection: face-to-face interview
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Created variable labels and/or value labels.
- Created online analysis version with question text.
Original ICPSR Release: 2007-11-01
- 2010-08-26 The Sample Adult Level (Part 0004) data files have been updated.
- 2009-01-07 New files were added for Injury/Poison Episodes. These files included one or more of the following: Stata setup, SAS transport (CPORT), SPSS system, Stata System, SAS supplemental syntax, and Stata supplemental syntax files.
- Citations exports are provided above.
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