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Health Interview Survey, 1983

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 3 (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; home care; hospitalization; household composition; illness; public health
  • Abstract

    The basic 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 household, and geographic region. The variables in the Person File (Part 2) include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. 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 (Part 3), Doctor Visit (Part 4), and Hospital Episode (Part 5) Files contain information on each reported condition, two-week doctor visit, or hospitalization (twelve-month recall), respectively. A sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth file have been added, along with the five core files. The Alcohol/Health Practices Supplement File (Part 6) includes information on diet, smoking and drinking habits, and health problems. The Bed Days and Dental Care Supplement File (Part 7) contains information on the number of bed days, the number of and reason for dental visits, treatment(s) received, type of dentist seen, and travel time for visit. The Doctor Services Supplement File (Part 8) supplies data on visits to doctors or other health professionals, reasons for visits, health conditions, and operations performed. The Health Insurance Supplement File (Part 9) documents basic demographic information along with medical coverage and health insurance plans, as well as differentiates between hospital, doctor visit, and surgical insurance coverage.
  • Methods

    Detailed information regarding the use of weights is located within the documentation.
  • 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: Doctor Visit
    • DS5: Hospital
    • DS6: Alcohol/Health Practices Supplement
    • DS7: Bed Days and Dental Care Supplement
    • DS8: Doctor Services Supplement
    • DS9: Health Insurance Supplement
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1983
  • Collection date: 1983
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,900 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Multistage probability sample. The Bed Days and Dental Care supplement was administered to all cases in the Person file, whereas the other supplements were administered to subsets.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    Data contains ampersand (&), dash (-), and blank codes.

2011-04-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they 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
  • 8603 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08603.v4
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08603.v2
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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 (1986): Health Interview Survey, 1983. Version 3. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.