National Health Interview Survey, 1987 (ICPSR 9195)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

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


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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.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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Individual identifiers have been removed from the microdata tapes available from the National Center for Health Statistics. Nevertheless, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics may not be used for any purpose other than for statistical reporting. ICPSR recommends to users that individual elementary unit data contained in this collection be used solely for statistical research.


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.

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.

Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).

personal interviews

survey data



2006-01-18 File CB9195.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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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).