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Study Report

Study Number: QG-008-021-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: National health interview survey, 1985.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8668

Comments: Public use data is also available via FTP from NCHS (added by CF, 04/10/2007).

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy. SAS programming statements are available from NCSH (added by CF, 04/10/2007). Documentation can be found under CDE acquisition number 1678.00-1678.03 (added by CF, 04/10/2007).

Abstract: The basic purpose of the Health Interveiw 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. The Health Promotions and Disease Prevention Supplement includes questions on health and fitness awareness, general health habits, injury control, child safety and health, high blood pressure, stress, exercise, smoking, alcohol use, dental care, and occupational safety and health.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSU).

SAMPLE: Starting in 1985, the NHIS multi-stage 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 198 Primary Sampling Units (PSU) were selected, including two from each non-self representing stratum. Black persons were oversampled. Four independent representative samples were drawn which may be used in any combination.

NOTE: The data contain amp (&), dash (-), and blank codes. In conjunction with the changes made to the core of NHIS in 1982, all 5 types of files have revised tape layouts. In general, identification items are at the beginning of each record followed by household and person information in the same location on each tape. Limitation of activity, acute conditions, disability days, and doctor visits should not be compared to data gathered before 1982. For the Health Promotions and Disease Prevention Supplement, one person was selected from each family interviewed and this sample person was a self-respondent to the supplement's questions.


DATA TYPE: survey data



SUBJECT TERMS: demographic characteristics. dental care. health. health facilities. hospitals. nursing care. public health. social attitudes and behavior. United States.

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