Health Interview Survey, 1982 (ICPSR 8460)

Published: Apr 6, 2011

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 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 the 1982 core survey, each in a separate data file. The variables in the Household File (Part 1) in this collection include type of living quarters, size of family, region, condition list assigned, and type of PSU. The Person File (Part 2) variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The Condition File (Part 3), Doctor Visit File (Part 4), and Hospital Episode File (Part 5) contain information on each reported condition, two-week doctor visit, or hospitalization (twelve-month recall), respectively. A sixth and seventh file have been provided. The Health Insurance Supplement File (Part 6) contains questions about health insurance plans pertaining to the type of plan, including private, Medicare, Medicaid, military and other plans, and coverage or reasons for lack of coverage are provided. The Preventive Care Supplement File (Part 7) contains variables that chronicle when routine tests, physicals, and preventative examinations have last been performed.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  National Center for Health Statistics. Health Interview Survey, 1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-06.

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In preparing the data files 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.

1982 (1982)

1982 (1982)

Changes have been made to the core which reflect different concepts in the measurement of health-related variables. Limitation of activity, acute conditions, disability days, and doctor visits, should not be compared to data gathered before 1982.

Multi-stage probability sample.

Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSU).

personal interviews

clinical data

survey data

face-to-face interview



2011-04-06 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated.

1986-04-28 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.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

Detailed information regarding the use of weights is located within the documentation.


  • 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).