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Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1982-1984 (ICPSR 8535)

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Sixteen components focusing on nutritional practices and physical health comprise this survey of Hispanic Americans. The Body Measurements file includes anthropometric data on individuals such as skeletal and skin fold measurements, body circumferences, height, and weight. The Dental Health data provide dental history information, including the frequency of and reasons for visits to a dental hygienist, fluoride treatments, and the results of a clinical examination. The Blood and Urine Assessments component of the study contains clinical data such as red and white blood cell counts, serum iron and vitamin levels, amount of lead, and other assays. The Physician's Examination file provides the results of a basic physical exam, and the Dietary Practices/Food Frequency component includes information on food recall, special diets, frequency of meals, and consumption of various types of foods. The Adolescent and Adult History Questionnaire file supplies information on health care and problems getting care, dental care, health status, conditions, medical treatment, pesticide exposure, smoking, acculturation, meal programs for school-age children, reproductive history, and health status of children. Measures of Depression provides data on feelings of depression, how depression affected everyday life, help sought during depression, and weight changes and sleep loss due to depression. The Alcohol Consumption Data section includes information on the amount and kind of alcohol consumed, reasons for drinking, and self-perception of drinking habits. The Drug Abuse file offers information on the use of barbiturates and other sedatives, marijuana and hash, inhalants, and cocaine. The Hearing data were collected during the physical examination and provide information on respondents' ability to hear and the condition of their hearing organs. The Gallbladder Ultrasound data include information on disease, history of symptoms, findings of ultrasounds, and physical examinations of the gallbladder. Diabetes and OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test) data were also collected. Respondents were asked whether they had diabetes and were also questioned about age of onset, medication taken, diet, and if the OGTT had been administered. The file also contains detailed information on the OGTT, diet before the testing, time intervals between blood drawings, and plasma glucose values in milligrams and deciliters. The Vision section furnishes information on the respondent's eyesight, whether he or she had a problem seeing, appliances worn, age when corrective lenses were first worn, if a doctor had been visited for sight problems, and findings from a physician's examination. Measurements of the respondent's visual acuity with and without correction are also included in the data. The Child History section includes information on health status, health care utilization, infant feeding practices, participation in meal programs, school attendance, and language use. The 24-Hour Recall lists amounts of calories, protein, total fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, alcohol, vitamins, and minerals for each food item consumed by each person. It also contains a description of the food, ingestion period, approximate time of consumption, and food source. The data from the Measurement and Interpretation of Electrocardiograms file give an objective measure of the cardiac health status of individuals examined in the survey. Despite the limitations of such data, the electrocardiographic variables are carefully and completely defined. Also, an extensive process was used to ensure the accuracy of the findings. In addition, each part of this collection provides sociodemographic data, such as age, race, national origin, birthplace, education, employment, insurance, and use of public assistance. Also included are family data including number of people in the family, family income, poverty index, use of food stamps, and size of residence.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Body Measurements - Download All Files (62.3 MB)
DS2:  Dental Health - Download All Files (66 MB)
DS3:  Blood and Urine Assessments - Download All Files (63 MB)
DS4:  Physician's Examination - Download All Files (66.4 MB)
DS5:  Dietary Practices/Food Frequency - Download All Files (66.9 MB)
DS6:  Adolescent and Adult History Questionnaire - Download All Files (68.9 MB)
DS7:  Measures of Depression - Download All Files (63 MB)
DS8:  Alcohol Consumption Data - Download All Files (62.6 MB)
DS9:  Drug Abuse - Download All Files (61.8 MB)
DS10:  Hearing - Download All Files (64.6 MB)
DS11:  Gallbladder Ultrasound - Download All Files (59.8 MB)
DS12:  Diabetes and OGTT - Download All Files (60 MB)
DS13:  Vision - Download All Files (63.5 MB)
DS14:  Child History Questionnaire, Ages 6 Months-11 Years - Download All Files (60 MB)
DS15:  24-Hour Recall, Ages 6 Months-74 Years - Download All Files (185.1 MB) large dataset
DS16:  Measurement and Interpretation of Electrocardiograms, Ages 20-74 Years - Download All Files (62.4 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1982-1984. ICPSR08535-v8. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alcohol consumption, demographic characteristics, dental health, depression (psychology), diet, drug abuse, eating habits, eyesight, health, health care, health insurance, health status, hearing (physiology), Hispanic or Latino Americans, income, medical history, nutrition

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1982-07--1984-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 1982-07--1984-12

Universe:   The three Hispanic-American population subgroups represented in this study are: (1) Mexican-Americans from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, (2) Cuban-Americans from Dade County, Florida, and (3) Puerto Ricans from the New York City area, including parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Data Types:   clinical data, event/transaction data, 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. All parts for this collection are available in Logical Record Length format only. The age distribution is 6 months-64 years (N = 11,327), 65-74 (N = 326).


Sample:   This survey utilized a complex, multistage, stratified, clustered sample of three subgroups of the population in selected areas of the United States. The gallbladder ultrasound and OGTT were offered to every person in a randomly selected half-sample of adults.

Data Source:

personal interviews, clinical examinations, and individual medical histories

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.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 17 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 17 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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