National Health Interview Survey, 1994: Year 2000 Objectives Supplement (ICPSR 6875)

Published: May 16, 1997

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 purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (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. This supplement includes variables from the NHIS core Person File (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1994 [ICPSR 6724]), including sex, age, race, education, family income, limitations on school activities, family relationship, and relationship to reference person. The Year 2000 Supplement also contains items on seven selected topics that relate to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Year 2000 Health Objectives: environmental health, tobacco, occupational safety and health, heart disease, clinical and preventive services, family, and firearms. Among the variables included in this supplement are respondent's type of residence, whether household air was tested for radon, current smoking status, tobacco use, employer's smoking policies, current employer assistance to employees to control weight, employer-sponsored exercise programs, and presence of screening tests and health education programs at the workplace. This supplement also includes questions about blood pressure, salt intake, hypertension, most recent physical exam, frequency of physical exams, presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), usage of illegal drugs, and gynecological issues. Variables in the family section cover number of family members in the household, nutrition, discussions with family members regarding nutrition and eating habits, exercise and sports, safety and injury prevention, cigarette smoking and tobacco use, drinking alcoholic beverages, sexual behavior, and use of illegal drugs. Respondents were also queried about whether there were children aged 10-17 in the household, whether sex education was taught at home and/or school, and whether children were involved in a sex education program conducted by a youth or a religious program for children. Variables relating to firearms include the number and types of firearms in the household, place firearms were kept, whether firearms were loaded, and whether ammunition was kept.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1994:  Year 2000 Objectives Supplement. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997-05-16.

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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.



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One adult per family in half of the households in the 1994 National Health Interview Survey.

Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

personal interviews

survey data




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