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

Published: Mar 2, 1998

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


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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).

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. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-03-02.

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In preparing the data file(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.

1988 -- 1994

1988-10 -- 1994-10

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.

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

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

household interviews, laboratory reports, and clinical examinations

clinical data

survey data




  • 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.

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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).