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 five types of records in this core 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 Person File (Part 2) 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, Doctor Visit, 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 3) contains information for each reported health condition, with specifics on injury and accident reports. The Hospital Episode File (Part 4) 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 Doctor Visit File (Part 5) documents doctor visits within the time period and identifies acute or chronic conditions. A sixth and seventh file have been added, along with the five core files. The Condition Supplement File (Part 6) documents past bed days, duration of limitation of the condition, whether or not a doctor was seen, the type of injury incurred, satisfaction with treatment, whether or not a prescription was given or filled, and if applicable, the reason why medical attention was not sought. The Pregnancy File (Part 7) documents activity restriction, bed disability, work or school loss days, doctor and dental visits within the last two weeks to twelve months, number of chronic conditions, time since routine physical exams have been completed, and the number of times pregnancies have been terminated in the past twelve months, as well as how many live births have occurred over one's lifetime, and routine pregnancy related doctor visits.
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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, 1973. ICPSR08338-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-11-29. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08338.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08338.v3
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, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
Data Types: clinical data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
These data files contain weights that 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 the 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: 1985-05-28
- 2010-11-29 Procedure documentation pertaining to study design has been added.
- 2010-09-29 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and pre-existing data files have been replaced. A sixth and seventh dataset have been added in place of the National Health Survey Procedure Documentation, which can now be found with all other corresponding and added documentation.
- 2006-01-18 File CB8338.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
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