National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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National Health Interview Survey, 1986: Multiple Cause of Death, Dates of Death, 1986-1991 (ICPSR 6475)

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


This data file supplies the date and cause of death for sample persons included in the NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1986 (ICPSR 8976) who died between 1986 and the end of 1991. Linkage information collected on respondents 18 years of age and older as part of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was used to match these respondents to the National Death Index. The vital status information produced from the matches can be linked with the NHIS data to provide a longitudinal component to those data. Variables include survey year, quarter, household number, person number, year of death, month of death, whether an autopsy was performed, vital status classification information, causes of death, and hospital and patient status.

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.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1986: Multiple Cause of Death, Dates of Death, 1986-1991. ICPSR06475-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    causes of death, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, death records, disabilities, health, health care, health problems, illness, mortality rates

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986--1991

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986--1991

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.


Data Source:

National Death Index

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-06-05

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