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Health Interview Survey, 1972

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
Free Keywords
chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; doctor visits; families; health; health care; health care services; health problems; hospitalization; household composition
  • 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) 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 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 Episode Files as well. The Person File also supplies data on height, weight, bed days, doctor visits, hospital stays, years at residence, and region variables. The Condition File (Part 3) contains information for each reported health condition, with specifics on injury and accident reports. The Hospital Episode File (Part 4) 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. The Doctor Visit File (Part 5) documents doctor visits within the time period and identifies acute or chronic conditions. A sixth file has been added, along with the five core files. The Health Insurance File (Part 6) documents basic demographic information along with medical coverage and health insurance plans, as well as differentiates between hospital, doctor visit, and surgical insurance coverage.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Household File
    • DS2: Person File
    • DS3: Condition File
    • DS4: Hospital Episode File
    • DS5: Doctor Visit File
    • DS6: Health Insurance File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1972
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
A multistage probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

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

    Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.

2010-09-30 Frequencies and variable labels that were previously incorrect have been corrected.2010-09-09 A technical error has been found and resolved in the processing procedure, in which defined file sets did not match subsequent data sets.2010-09-02 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and pre-existing data files have been replaced. A sixth dataset has been added in place of the National Health Survey Procedure Documentation, which can now be found with all other corresponding and added documentation.2006-01-18 File CB8337.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
  • 8337 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08337.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08337.v1
  • Waidmann, Timothy, Bound, John, Schoenbaum, Michael. The illusion of failure: Trends in self-reported health in the U.S. elderly. Milbank Quarterly.73, (2), 253-287.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Yelin, Edward H., Katz, Patricia P.. Labor force trends of persons with and without disabilities. Monthly Labor Review.117, (10), 36-42.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Ycas, Martynas A.. Recent trends in health near the age of retirement: new findings from the health interview survey. Social Security Bulletin.50, (2), 5-30.1987.
  • Cromwell, Jerry, Mitchell, Janet B.. Physician-induced demand for surgery. Journal of Health Economics.5, (4), 293-313.1986.
    • ID: 10.1016/0167-6296(86)90006-8 (DOI)
  • Wolinsky, Fredric D., Mosely, Ray R., II, Coe, Rodney M.. A cohort analysis of the use of health services by elderly Americans. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.27, (3), 209-219.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Salkever, David S.. Children's Health Problems and Maternal Work Status. Journal of Human Resources.17, (1), 94 -1982.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Colvez, Alain, Blanchet, Madeleine. Disability trends in the United States population 1966-76: Analysis of reported causes. American Journal of Public Health.71, (5), 464-471.1981.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.71.5.464 (DOI)
  • Preblud, Stephen R.. Age-specific risks of varicella complications. Pediatrics.68, (1), 14-17.1981.
  • Wolinsky, Fredric D.. Assessing the effects of predisposing, enabling, and illness-morbidity characteristics on health service utilization. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.19, (4), 384-396.1978.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1985): Health Interview Survey, 1972. Version 2. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.