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).
National Health Interview Survey, 1990: Assistive Devices Supplement (ICPSR 6139)
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
The purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 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. The 1990 Assistive Devices Supplement includes variables from the core Person File (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1990 [ICPSR 9839]), including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. Variables unique to this supplement include questions about braces, special equipment for getting around, such as crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, assistive devices for hearing and vision, artificial limbs, and communication aids. Additional questions covered where devices were used and how often, how they were paid for, whether or not the home was equipped with special devices and what those devices were, and any equipment the respondent needed but did not have.
These data are freely available.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1990: Assistive Devices Supplement. ICPSR06139-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06139.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06139.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: assisted living, assistive devices, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health care services, health problems, hearing impairment, illness, physical disabilities, vision impairment
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.
Sample: The NHIS employs a multistage probability sampling design. Four independent representative samples, which may be used in any combination, were drawn. Black persons were oversampled.
Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(s) 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: 1993-12-18
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