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National Health Interview Survey, 1973: Prescribed Medicine Supplement

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 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; drug costs; health; health care; health care services; health policy; health problems; illness; insurance coverage; prescription drugs
  • Abstract

    The basic 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. Provided with this Prescribed Medication Supplement are variables from the 1973 core Person File (see HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1973 [ICPSR 8338]) including items such as sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. This Prescribed Medicine Supplement features information on when, how, and the number of times prescriptions were obtained, and the cost and payment source of prescriptions. The Prescribed Medicine File (Part 1) documents activity restriction, bed disability, work or school loss days, hospitalization days, the number of chronic conditions obtained, and source of payment for medication and 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


    • DS1: Prescribed Medicine Supplement
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1973
  • Collection date: 1973
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Multistage probability design. The first stage selected geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) from a total of 1,900 PSUs. There were successive stages, with the final selection being a cluster of neighboring households called a "segment."
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 file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. In January 1973, the selected number of PSUs in the first stage of sampling changed from 357 to 376 to reflect the 1970 Decennial Census. The segment size changed from six to four households. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.

2010-11-29 Procedure documentation pertaining to study design has been added.2010-09-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and pre-existing data files have been replaced. The National Health Survey Procedure Documentation has been removed from the dataset list, and can now be found with all other corresponding and added documentation.
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
  • 9799 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09799.v2
  • Kovar, Mary Grace, Poe, Gail Scott. The National Health Interview Survey Design, 1973-84, and Procedures, 1975-83. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 1: Programs and Collection Procedures.18, Hyattsville, MD: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. 1985.
    • 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 (1992): National Health Interview Survey, 1973: Prescribed Medicine Supplement. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.