National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Cancer Control Study (ICPSR 9343)

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


In 1987, a supplementary Cancer Control Study questionnaire was administered to an adult subsample of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) respondents as part of that year's special inquiry into cancer. Responses to the supplement are recorded in this dataset, along with other information derived from the core 1987 NHIS questionnaire. The Cancer Control Study questionnaire included questions on acculturation (such as language, ethnic identification, and place of birth of self and parents), medical care, food knowledge, cancer knowledge and attitudes, cancer screening knowledge and practice, smoking and other tobacco use, and occupational exposures to harmful substances. Variables from the core questionnaire include height, weight, age, race, Hispanic origin, type of living quarters, region and metropolitan status of residence, marital status, veteran status, education, family income, health status, industry, occupation, activity limitation status, medical conditions, restricted activity days in the past two weeks, bed days in the past two weeks and past 12 months, time interval since the last doctor visit, and the number of doctor visits and short-stay hospital episodes in the past two months.

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. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Cancer Control Study. ICPSR09343-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cancer, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, doctor visits, ethnicity, health, health behavior, health care, health care services, health problems, Hispanic or Latino origins, hospitalization, illness, nutrition, place of birth

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Civilian noninstitutionalized population residing in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The data contain ampersands, dashes, and blanks as legitimate codes. Data from the core questionnaire of the 1987 NHIS have been released as NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987 (ICPSR 9195). Age distribution: 18-24 (N=2,823), 25-34 (N=5,296), 35-44 (N=4,295), 45-54 (N=2,670), 55-64 (2,686), 65-74 (N=2,511), 75+ (N=1,762).


Sample:    Stratified multistage area probability sample of dwelling units. Blacks were oversampled. The supplementary Cancer Control Study questionnaire was administered to a randomly selected subsample of adults aged 18 and over. Hispanics were oversampled within this subsample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape 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 the 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 the data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-10-16

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