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National Health Interview Surveys, 1969-1981: Cumulative Core File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; health; health care; health care services; health problems; health services utilization; illness
  • 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 kind of health services people receive. The Health Interview Survey, 1969-1981 is a cumulative core dataset. Criteria for selection were the following: respondent's age greater than or equal to 30 at the time of the interview, variables of specific substantive interest, information on a given variable being available for at least 8 years, variables selected only once (though parallel entries exist on the input files that were merged), health conditions that were defined as chronic by NHIS and caused or contributed to limitation of activity.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1969 / 1981
    Collection date: 1969--1981
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 (PSU).
Multi-stage probability sample
Collection Mode
  • The data contain dashes (-). Sample age distribution for the 734,741 respondents was: 55-64 (N=137,605), 65-74 (N=98,518), 75+ (N=49,068).

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8629 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08629.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 (1987): National Health Interview Surveys, 1969-1981: Cumulative Core File. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.