Health Interview Survey, 1983 (ICPSR 8603)
Published: Apr 13, 2011
The basic 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 this core survey, each in a separate data file. The variables in the Household File (Part 1) include type of living quarters, size of family, number of families in household, and geographic region. The variables in the Person File (Part 2) include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. These variables are found in the Condition, Doctor Visit, and Hospital Episode Files as well. The Person File also supplies data on height, weight, bed days, doctor visits, hospital stays, years at residence, and region variables. The Condition (Part 3), Doctor Visit (Part 4), and Hospital Episode (Part 5) Files contain information on each reported condition, two-week doctor visit, or hospitalization (twelve-month recall), respectively. A sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth file have been added, along with the five core files. The Alcohol/Health Practices Supplement File (Part 6) includes information on diet, smoking and drinking habits, and health problems. The Bed Days and Dental Care Supplement File (Part 7) contains information on the number of bed days, the number of and reason for dental visits, treatment(s) received, type of dentist seen, and travel time for visit. The Doctor Services Supplement File (Part 8) supplies data on visits to doctors or other health professionals, reasons for visits, health conditions, and operations performed. The Health Insurance Supplement File (Part 9) documents basic demographic information along with medical coverage and health insurance plans, as well as differentiates between hospital, doctor visit, and surgical insurance coverage.
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.
Multistage probability sample. The Bed Days and Dental Care supplement was administered to all cases in the Person file, whereas the other supplements were administered to subsets.
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Mode of Data Collection
Original Release Date
2011-04-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
1986-11-06 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.
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.
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).