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Health Interview Survey, 1977

Resource Type
Dataset : clinical data, survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
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; public health
  • Abstract

    The purpose of the Health Interview Survey 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. There are five types of records in this core survey, each in a separate data file. The variables in the Household File (Part 1) in this collection include type of living quarters, size of family, and geographic region. The Person File (Part 2) variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, occupation, and limits on activity. The Condition File (Part 3) contains variables on the incidence of illness or injury within the past year. The Hospital Episode File (Part 4) contains variables on the incidence of hospitalizations and presence of chronic conditions. The Doctor Visit File (Part 5) includes variables regarding frequency of doctor visits, type of doctor seen, and reasons for each visit. A sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth file have been provided. The Disability Supplement File (Part 6) contains variables on the need for help, services, and environment modifications. The H1 Supplement File (Part 7) includes basic demographic variables, medical information, health variables, doctor visits, medical insurance, work days lost, and activity level variables. The Special Aids Supplement File (Part 8)includes basic demographic variables, special aids onset and amount needed, medical information, health variables, and doctor visits. The Influenza Supplement File (Part 9) includes basic demographic variables, flu, grippe, or fever onset, work and school days lost, hospital visits, length of stay, and cost of care.
  • Methods

    These data contain multiple weight variables for each part. Users should refer to the User Guide for further information regarding the weights and their derivation. Additionally, users may need to weight the data prior to analysis.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Household
    • DS2: Person
    • DS3: Condition
    • DS4: Hospital Episode
    • DS5: Doctor Visit
    • DS6: Disability
    • DS7: H1 Supplement
    • DS8: Special Aids
    • DS9: Influenza Supplement
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1977
  • Collection date: 1977
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units.
A multistage probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    These data files contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.

    Per agreement with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.

2010-12-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and pre-existing data files have been replaced as well as the Codebook files that can now be found updated with the other documentation. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7839 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07839.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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1984): Health Interview Survey, 1977. Version 2. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.