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
The basic purpose of the Health Interview Survey (HIS) 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 1978 Health Insurance Supplement provides variables from the core Person File (see HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1978 [ICPSR 8044])including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The variables unique to this supplement include information on type of health care coverage (Medicare, private, AFDC or Medicaid, or VA plans), reasons for no health care insurance, what services health care plan covers, how plan was obtained, use of insurance, and blood donations.
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, 1978: Health Insurance Supplement. ICPSR09227-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-01-06. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09227.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09227.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health care services, health insurance, health policy, health problems, illness, insurance coverage, Medicaid, Medicare
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Data Types: clinical data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
These data files contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.
Per agreement with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.
The supplements to the Health Interview Surveys may be used independently, since they incorporate the person file data. The National Center for Health Statistics now refers to these supplements as current health topics. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.
Sample: A multistage probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
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 online analysis version with question text.
Original ICPSR Release: 1989-12-15
- 2011-01-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and pre-existing data files have been replaced.
- Citations exports are provided above.
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