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Study Report

Study Number: QG-008-036-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1990

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: National health interview survey, 1990.  [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: 9839

Comments: Data are ftpable from ICPSR by DPLS staff.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 2 volumes hard copy and one field representative's manual.

Abstract: The basic 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. 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 health condition, doctor visit within a two-week period, and hospitalization (12-month recall), respectively.

SOURCE: personal interviews

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

SAMPLE: The NHIS employs a multistage probability sampling design. Four independent representative samples, which may be used in any combination, were drawn. Black persons were oversampled.

NOTE: Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. Part II of the documentation, the Field Representative's Manual, is provided in hard copy only. The age distribution for the 1990 Person file is: 0-44 (N = 82,488), 45-54 (N = 12,266), 55-64 (N = 10,299), 65-74 (N = 8,769), and 75+ (N = 5,809). The racial/ethnic distributions for the Person file are: Black (N = 17,967), Hispanic origin (N = 10,925), Asian/Pacific Islander (N = 2,815), and Aleut, Eskimo, and American Indian (N = 959). The supplementary sections of the 1990 questionnaire released by the National Center for Health Statistics as individual files pertain to Assistive Devices, Hearing, Podiatry, Family Resources, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Sample Person file, Pregnancy and Smoking file, and Injury Control and Child Safety and Health file), and AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes. These supplements will be made available by ICPSR under separate study numbers.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 5 data files + machine-readable documentation (text).

RESTRICTIONS: In preparing the data tape(s) 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.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1990

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1990

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM/ BLANKS/ FREQ.PI

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. ''Current Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 1990.'' VITAL AND HEALTH STATISTICS, Series 10, No. 181. DHHS Publication No. (PHS) 92-1509. Public Health Service. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, October 1991. United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. ''Design and Estimation for the National Health Interview Survey, 1985-1994.'' VITAL AND HEALTH STATISTICS, Series 2, No. 110. DHHS Publication No. (PHS) 89-1384. Public Health Service. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, August 1989.

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