National Health Interview Survey, 2010 (ICPSR 36144)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics

Summary:

These data are being released in BETA version to facilitate early access to the study for research purposes. This collection has not been fully processed by NACDA or ICPSR at this time; the original materials provided by the principal investigator were minimally processed and converted to other file types for ease of use. As the study is further processed and given enhanced features by ICPSR, users will be able to access the updated versions of the study. Please report any data errors or problems to user support and we will work with you to resolve any data related issues.

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is conducted annually and sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Public Health Service. The purpose of the 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 across the United States population through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics. The redesigned NHIS questionnaire introduced in 1997 (see National Health Interview Survey, 1997 [ICPSR 2954]) consists of a core that remains largely unchanged from year to year, plus an assortment of supplements varying from year to year.

The 2010 NHIS Core consists of three modules: Family, Sample Adult, and Sample Child. The datasets derived from these modules include Household Level, Family Level, Person Level, Injury/Poison Episode Level, Injury/Poison Verbatim Level, Sample Adult Level, and Sample Child level.

The 2010 NHIS supplements consist of stand alone datasets for Cancer Level and Quality of Life data derived from the Sample Adult core and Disability Questions Tests 2010 Level derived from the Family core questionnaire. Additional supplementary questions can be found in the Sample Child dataset on the topics of cancer, immunization, mental health, and mental health services and in the Sample Adult dataset on the topics of epilepsy, immunization, and occupational health.

Part 1, Household Level, contains data on type of living quarters, number of families in the household responding and not responding, and the month and year of the interview for each sampling unit. Parts 2-5 are based on the Family Core questionnaire. Part 2, Family Level, provides information on all family members with respect to family size, family structure, health status, limitation of daily activities, cognitive impairment, health conditions, doctor visits, hospital stays, health care access and utilization, employment, income, participation in government assistance programs, and basic demographic information. Part 3, Person Level, includes information on sex, age, race, marital status, education, family income, major activities, health status, health care costs, activity limits, and employment status. Parts 4 and 5, Injury/Poisoning Episode Level and Injury/Poisoning Verbatim Level, consist of questions about injuries and poisonings that resulted in medical consultations for any family members and contains information about the external cause and nature of the injury or poisoning episode and what the person was doing at the time of the injury or poisoning episode, in addition to the date and place of occurrence.

A randomly-selected adult in each family was interviewed for Part 6, Sample Adult Level, regarding specific health issues, the relation between employment and health, health status, health care and doctor visits, limitation of daily activities, immunizations, and behaviors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity. Demographic information, including occupation and industry, also was collected. The respondents to Part 6 also completed Part 7, Cancer Level, which consists of a set of supplemental questions about diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, cancer screening, genetic testing, family history, and survivorship. Part 8, Sample Child Level, provides information from an adult in the household on medical conditions of one child in the household, such as developmental or intellectual disabilities, respiratory problems, seizures, allergies, and use of special equipment like hearing aids, braces, or wheelchairs.

Parts 9 through 13 comprise the additional Supplements and Paradata for the 2010 NHIS. Part 9, Disability Questions Tests 2010 Level, is a supplemental set of six questions asked at the end of the Family Core questionnaire about sensory, mobility, self-care, cognition, and independent living issues. Part 10, Paradata Level, does not contain health related information, but rather data which are related to the interview process, including measures of time, contact-ability, and cooperation. Please see the User Guide for additional information and details. Part 11, Quality of Life Level, was asked to a randomly selected subsection of the Sample Adult questionnaire. Respondents were asked about participation in society, degree of difficulty and functioning in activity domains including vision, hearing, mobility, upper body, learning, cognition, affect, pain, fatigue, and communication. Part 12, Special Sample Adult Disability Weights Level, contains weights for use with an analysis of the merged data from the Sample Adult Level and Disability Questions Tests 2010 Level. Part 13, Sample Child Birth Weights Level, contains corrected birth weight data for 2010. Please see the Survey Description files for additional information and details.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

Dataset(s)

DS1:  Household Level - Download All Files (28.324 MB)
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DS3:  Person Level - Download All Files (521.276 MB) large file
DS4:  Injury/Poison Episode Level - Download All Files (19.853 MB)
DS5:  Injury/Poison Verbatim Level - Download All Files (21.088 MB)
DS6:  Sample Adult Level - Download All Files (207.491 MB) large file
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DS7:  Cancer Level - Download All Files (278.196 MB) large file
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DS8:  Sample Child Level - Download All Files (50.507 MB)
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DS9:  Disability Questions Tests 2010 Level - Download All Files (29.213 MB)
DS10:  Paradata Level - Download All Files (78.967 MB)
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DS11:  Quality of Life Level - Download All Files (26.372 MB)
DS12:  Special Sample Adult Disability Weights Level - Download All Files (192.321 MB) large file
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DS13:  Sample Child Birth Weights Level - Download All Files (17.028 MB)
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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 Interview Survey, 2010. ICPSR36144-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-06-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36144.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36144.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cancer, child health, disabilities, doctor visits, health care access, health care services, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, hospitalization, hospitals, illness, immunization, injuries, mental health, mental health services, occupational safety and health, poisoning, quality of life, socioeconomic status, substance abuse, tobacco use

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region (and pseudo-PSU)

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2010

Date of Collection:   

  • 2010

Unit of Observation:    Individual, Family, Household

Universe:    Civilian, non-institutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

These data are being released in BETA version to facilitate early access to the study for research purposes. This collection has not been fully processed by NACDA or ICPSR at this time; the original materials provided by the principal investigator were minimally processed and converted to other file types for ease of use. As the study is further processed and given enhanced features by ICPSR, users will be able to access the updated versions of the study. Please report any data errors or problems to user support and we will work with you to resolve any data related issues.

Please note that file names referenced in the P.I. documentation do not align with the names of files released by ICPSR.

For more information about the National Health Interview Survey, visit the National Health Interview Survey Web site.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    The main objective of the NHIS is to monitor the health of the United States population through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics.

Sample:    The sample design follows a multistage area probability design that permits the representative sampling of households and non-institutional group quarters (e.g., college dormitories). In order to increase the precision of estimates of the Black, Hispanic, and Asian populations, the current NHIS sample design oversamples Black persons, Hispanic persons, and Asian persons. In addition, the sample adult selection process provides that when Black, Hispanic, or Asian persons aged 65 years or older are present, they have an increased chance of being selected as the sample adult. For more information on sampling, please refer to the Survey Description document.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data are not weighted. These data contain multiple weight variables for each part which must be used in any analysis. Users should refer to the Survey Description for further information regarding the weights, their use, and their derivation.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Response Rates:   

Household: 79.5%

Family (final): 70.7%

Sample Adult (final): 60.8%

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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2017-06-29

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