James McNally jmcnally at ICPSR.UMICH.EDU
Mon May 10 13:25:12 EST 1999


The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), announces the
availability of the 1996 NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY.  This study,
funded by the United States Government, is available for public download
from the NACDA website at:


To access, enter study number 2661 from the "get study" box of the webpage,
and point and click to download data and documentation for analysis.
Documentation for the study has been converted to pdf Acrobat Files for
ease in use.  Acrobat Readers can be obtained at no cost from:


Any comments, concerns or interests regarding the use of this data are
welcomed.  Feel free to contact us at our e-mail address:

		NACDA at icpsr.umich.edu:



DATE-ADDED: Apr. 26, 1999

INVESTIGATOR: United States Department of Health and Human Services.
National Center for Health Statistics.


Abstract: The 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. The variables in the Household Record file
(Part 1) include type of living quarters, size of family, number of
families in the household, presence of a telephone, number of unrelated
individuals, and region. The Person Record file (Part 2) includes
information on sex, age, race, marital status, Hispanic origin, education,
veteran status, family income, family size, major activities, health
status, activity limits, employment status, and industry and occupation.
These variables are found in the Condition, Doctor Visit, and Hospital
Record files as well. The Person Record also supplies data on height,
weight, bed days, doctor visits, hospital stays, years at residence, and
region variables. The Condition Record file (Part 3) contains information
for each reported health condition, with specifics on injury and accident
reports. The Doctor Visit Record file (Part 4) documents doctor visits
within the time period and identifies acute or chronic conditions. The
Hospital Record file (Part 5) provides information on medical conditions,
hospital episodes, type of service, type of hospital ownership, date of
admission and discharge, number of nights in hospital, and operations

COLLECTION: 5 data files, machine-readable documentation (PDF) 

SERIES INFORMATION: Conducted since 1969 by the National Center for Health
Statistics, the National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) series (formerly
titled the Health Interview Surveys) obtains 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. The series
provides a continuous sampling and interviewing of the civilian,
noninstitutionalized population of the United States through core surveys
and supplemental datasets. Supplements collect data on topics such as AIDS
knowledge and attitudes, child health care and immunization, dental care,
substance abuse, hospitalization, preventive care, nursing care, prosthetic
appliances, and self-care. Supplements on Aging (SOA) conducted in 1984 and
1994 and the 1984-1990 Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA) provide
information on the causes and correlates of changes in the health and
functioning of older americans. Another component of the NHIS is the
National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D). Begun in 1994, the
NHIS-D was designed to collect data that can be used to understand
disability and to develop public policy on disability.

RESTRICTIONS: 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


(1) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and technical
documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. 
(2) The codebook and the coding manual are provided as Portable Document
Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems
Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the
Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat
Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

CITATION: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for
Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1996 [Computer file].
ICPSR version. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI:
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
[distributor], 1999.

"The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located
within ICPSR, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA's 
mission is to advance research on aging by helping researchers to profit from 
the under-exploited potential of a broad range of datasets. NACDA acquires 
and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed 
to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and 
facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the U.S.'s largest 
library of electronic data on aging, NACDA offers opportunities for research 
on major issues of scientific and policy relevance."

James W. McNally, Ph.D.				Office: 734-998-9820
NACDA  Director					Fax:    734-998-9889
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging	
426 Thompson Street, 				email:jmcnally at icpsr.umich.edu
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1248		            http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACDA

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