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 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 six types of records in this year's 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 the household, presence of a telephone, number of unrelated individuals, and region. The Family file (Part 2) includes information on family size, sex, race, education, health status of family members, and total health expenses for the family. The Person file (Part 3) includes information on sex, age, race, marital status, Hispanic origin, education, veteran status, family income, family size, major activities, health status, activity limits, employment status, and industry and occupation. These variables are found in the Condition 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 file (Part 4) contains information for each reported health condition, with specifics on injury and accident reports. The Hospital Episode file (Part 5) provides information on medical conditions, hospital episodes, type of service, type of hospital ownership, date of admission and discharge, number of nights in hospital, and operations performed. The Health Expenditure file (Part 6) includes medical and health related expenses, such as hospital bills, medicine costs, dental bills, doctor bills, as well as insurance coverage and costs.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Health Interview Survey, 1963. ICPSR28381-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-11-11. doi:10.3886/ICPSR28381.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28381.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, doctor visits, families, health, health care, health care services, health problems, hospitalization, household composition, illness
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: Civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.
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.
Sample: A multistage probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
You can find more information via the sample characteristics utility:
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
Original ICPSR Release: 2010-06-21
- 2010-11-11 An addition to the Principal Investigator field has been made.
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