National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II, 1976-1980: Physician Examination, Ages 6 Months-74 Years (ICPSR 8686)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

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


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The NHANES II Physician Examination data collection contains two parts of the extensive data available from NHANES II: demographic information obtained during the household interview, and the results of the physician's examination. The demographic data include information on the type of residence and housing, composition of the household, vehicles, languages spoken, income sources and amounts, food stamps and commodity foods, employment, age, race and national ancestry, sex, education, marital status, veteran status, and region of country. The physical examination data include 1)measurements of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, 2)examination of head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat, 3)thyroid and chest evaluations, 4)heart, pulse, kidney and abdominal evaluations, 5)examinations of joints, 6)musculoskeletal evaluations, and 7)limited neurological and skin evaluation. The data also include a summary of diagnostic impressions coded by the standard International Classification of Diseases, Adapted (ICDA) codes.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II, 1976-1980:  Physician Examination, Ages 6 Months-74 Years. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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In preparing the data tapes for these collections, 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.

1976 -- 1980

1976-02 -- 1980-02

(1) The data contain blanks. (2) The codebook contains frequencies for all of the variables.

A nationwide probability sample of 27,801 persons was drawn from the designated universe. Of these, 25,286 were interviewed and then 20,322 of them were examined. It was a multistage random sample, involving both clustering and stratification, and oversampling of certain population groups thought to be at high risk of malnutrition (persons with low incomes, preschool children, and the elderly). In analyzing the data in this file, it is necessary to incorporate the person's sample weight (a composite of the individual selection probability, adjustments for nonresponse, and post-stratification adjustment). The appropriate sample weight for this file is the "Examined Final Weight" variable.

The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States, ages 6 months through 74 years.

household interview, physical examination

survey data and clinical data




  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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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).