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Health Interview Survey, 1983 (ICPSR 8603)

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The basic purpose of the Health Interview Survey is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. There are five types of records in this core survey, each in a separate data file. The variables in the Household File (Part 1) include type of living quarters, size of family, number of families in household, and geographic region. The variables in the Person File (Part 2) include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. These variables are found in the Condition, Doctor Visit, and Hospital Episode Files as well. The Person File also supplies data on height, weight, bed days, doctor visits, hospital stays, years at residence, and region variables. The Condition (Part 3), Doctor Visit (Part 4), and Hospital Episode (Part 5) Files contain information on each reported condition, two-week doctor visit, or hospitalization (twelve-month recall), respectively. A sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth file have been added, along with the five core files. The Alcohol/Health Practices Supplement File (Part 6) includes information on diet, smoking and drinking habits, and health problems. The Bed Days and Dental Care Supplement File (Part 7) contains information on the number of bed days, the number of and reason for dental visits, treatment(s) received, type of dentist seen, and travel time for visit. The Doctor Services Supplement File (Part 8) supplies data on visits to doctors or other health professionals, reasons for visits, health conditions, and operations performed. The Health Insurance Supplement File (Part 9) documents basic demographic information along with medical coverage and health insurance plans, as well as differentiates between hospital, doctor visit, and surgical insurance coverage.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


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DS1:  Household - Download All Files (78.1 MB)
DS2:  Person - Download All Files (188.5 MB) large dataset
DS3:  Condition - Download All Files (152.7 MB) large dataset
DS4:  Doctor Visit - Download All Files (82.4 MB)
DS5:  Hospital - Download All Files (74.7 MB)
DS6:  Alcohol/Health Practices Supplement - Download All Files (98.1 MB)
DS7:  Bed Days and Dental Care Supplement - Download All Files (260.1 MB) large dataset
DS8:  Doctor Services Supplement - Download All Files (85.3 MB)
DS9:  Health Insurance Supplement - Download All Files (166.2 MB) large dataset

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Health Interview Survey, 1983. ICPSR08603-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-13.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, doctor visits, families, health, health care, health care services, health problems, home care, hospitalization, household composition, illness, public health

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1983

Date of Collection:  

  • 1983

Universe:   Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).

Data Types:   clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data contains ampersand (&), dash (-), and blank codes.


Sample:   Multistage probability sample. The Bed Days and Dental Care supplement was administered to all cases in the Person file, whereas the other supplements were administered to subsets.

Weight:   Detailed information regarding the use of weights is located within the documentation.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

Data Source:

personal interviews

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 online analysis version with question text.

Restrictions: In preparing the data files for this collection, 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:  

Version History:

  • 2011-04-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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