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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988-1994 (ICPSR 2231) RSS

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Summary:

The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), conducted in 1988-1994, was designed to obtain nationally representative information on the health and nutritional status of the population of the United States through interviews and direct physical examinations. NHANES III contains data for a sample of 33,994 persons aged 2 months and older who participated in the survey. A home examination option was employed for the first time in order to obtain examination data for very young children and for elderly persons who were unable to visit the mobile examination center (MEC). The home examination included only a subset of the components used in the full MEC examination, since it would have been difficult to collect some types of data in a home setting. The dataset contains information on high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, passive smoking, lung disease, osteoporosis, HIV, hepatitis, helicobacter pylori, immunization status, diabetes, allergies, growth and development, blood lead, anemia, food sufficiency, and dietary intake, including fats, antioxidants, and nutritional blood measures. Dietary Recall information is found in three data files (Parts 4, 7, and 8) and four table files (Parts 3, 5, 6, and 9). The Adult and Youth Household files (Parts 1 and 11) comprise the total number of respondents when combined. All of the data files may be linked by using the survey participant identification number (SEQN).

Series: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Followup Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

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DS1:  Adult Household Data - Download All Files (66,799 KB)
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DS2:  Examination Data - Download All Files (192,905 KB)
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DS3:  Brands Data - Download All Files (2,572 KB)
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DS4:  Combination Foods Data - Download All Files (14,416 KB)
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DS5:  Food and Ingredient Codebook Data - Download All Files (3,519 KB)
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DS6:  Food and Ingredient Identification Data - Download All Files (3,182 KB)
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DS7:  Individual Foods Frequency Data - Download All Files (93,289 KB)
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DS8:  Variable Ingredient Foods Data - Download All Files (4,804 KB)
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DS9:  Preparation Codes Data - Download All Files (2,094 KB)
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DS10:  Laboratory Data - Download All Files (57,026 KB)
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DS11:  Youth Household Data - Download All Files (29,367 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988-1994. ICPSR02231-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02231.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   demographic characteristics, diet, disease, ethnicity, health behavior, health services utilization, health status, hospitalization, malnutrition, medical evaluation, nutrition, populations, risk factors, social indicators

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1988--1994

Date of Collection:  

  • 1988-10--1994-10

Universe:   The civilian noninstitutionalized population 2 months of age and over in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Data Types:   clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.

Errata for this dataset can be found on the NHANES III Web site and in a README file accompanying this release.

Methodology

Sample:   The survey used a complex, stratified, multistage, probability design.

Data Source:

household interviews, laboratory reports, and clinical examinations

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