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National Health Interview Survey, 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; doctor visits; families; family size; health; health care; health care services; health policy; health problems; hospitalization; household composition; households; illness
  • 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, if there is 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 also found in the Condition, Doctor Visit, and Hospital Record files. 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 performed.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Household Record
    • DS2: Person Record
    • DS3: Condition Record
    • DS4: Doctor Visit Record
    • DS5: Hospital Record
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1995
  • Collection date: 1995
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The NHIS uses a stratified multistage probability design. The sample for the NHIS is redesigned every decade using population data from the most recent decennial census. A redesigned sample was implemented in 1995. This new design includes a greater number of primary sampling units (PSUs) (from 198 in 1994 to 358), and a more complicated nonresponse adjustment based on household screening and oversampling of Black and Hispanic persons, for more reliable estimates of these groups.
Collection Mode
  • (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. (3) The Field Representative's Manual is available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

2006-01-18 File DOC2533.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2006-01-18 File CB2533.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2533 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02533.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1998): National Health Interview Survey, 1995. Archival Version. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.