Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. 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. Household variables in this data collection include type of living quarters, size of family, number of families in household, and geographic region. Person variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The Condition, Doctor Visit, and Hospital files contain information on each reported condition, two-week doctor visit, or hospitalization (twelve-month recall), respectively.
These data are freely available.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09195.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09195.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, doctor visits, families, health, health care, health care services, health policy, health problems, hospitalization, household composition, households, illness
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: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The age distribution for the Person file is: N=85,021 ages 0-44, N=11,983 ages 45-54, N=11,304 ages 55-64, N=8,908 ages 65-74, N=5,643 age 75+. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.
Sample: Starting in 1985, the NHIS multistage probability sampling design incorporates several major changes which facilitate linkages with other National Center for Health Statistics surveys, improve precision of estimates, and reduce costs. Starting with an all-area frame, a reduced number of 201 PSUs were selected, including two from each nonself-representing stratum. Black persons were oversampled. Four independent representative samples which may be used in any combination were drawn . The 1987 NHIS was designed to oversample adults in some Hispanic households for the supplemental surveys on Cancer Control and Cancer Epidemiology.
Original ICPSR Release: 1989-09-26
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