National Health Interview Survey, 1995: Year 2000 Objectives Supplement (ICPSR 2528)

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


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, 1995 [ICPSR 2533]), including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The Year 2000 Supplement contains items on five selected topics that relate to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Year 2000 Health Objectives: tobacco, nutrition, clinical preventive services, mental health, and physical activity and fitness. Variables relating to smoking include respondent's current smoking status and tobacco use. Items on nutrition cover participation in activities to control weight, exercise, salt intake, and fat intake. Variables in the clinical preventive services section provide information on whether the respondent had a flu shot in the last year, a tetanus shot in the last 10 years, or the pneumonia vaccination, whether the respondent had diabetes, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, TB, or chronic kidney and liver disease in the past year, whether the respondent experienced extreme fatigue, and whether he or she was treated for cancer. The mental health section includes items on the levels of stress the respondent experienced, the effects of stress on health, steps taken to control stress, emotional/personal problems in the past year, and whether any treatment for these problems had been sought. Variables on physical activity and fitness include types of exercise (walking, gardening, stretching, weight- lifting, jogging, aerobics or aerobic dancing, bicycle riding, stair climbing, swimming, tennis, golf, baseball, handball/raquetball or squash, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, water skiing, basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, and other sports), how often the respondent performed the activity, number of minutes spent doing the activity, and change in heart rate during the activity. Additionally, respondents were asked about the length of time since their last check-up and whether the doctor had recommended that exercise be started or continued.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

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  • 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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1995: Year 2000 Objectives Supplement. ICPSR02528-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health care services, health problems, illness, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, preventative medicine, smoking, stress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS. (2) The codebook and data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    One adult per family in half of the households in the 1995 National Health Interview Survey.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: In preparing the data file 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:   1998-08-28

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