National Survey of Health Attitudes, [United States], 2015

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Chandra, Anita
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
community health; emotional support; genetics; government spending; health attitudes; health behavior; health care access; health disparities; health expenditures; health insurance; health problems; health status; housing conditions; social support; stress
  • Abstract

    Since 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has led the development of a pioneering national action framework to advance a "culture that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come." Accomplishing these principles requires a national paradigm shift from a traditionally disease and health care-centric view of health toward one that focuses on well-being. Recognizing that paradigm shifts require intentional actions, RWJF worked with RAND researchers to design an actionable path to fulfill the Culture of Health (CoH) vision. A central piece of this work is the development of measures to assess constructs underlying a CoH. The National Survey of Health Attitudes is a survey that RWJF and RAND analysts developed and conducted as part of the foundation's CoH strategic framework. The foundation undertook this survey to measure key constructs that could not be measured in other data sources. Thus, the survey was not meant to capture the full action framework that informs CoH, but rather just selected measure areas. The questions in this survey primarily addressed the action area: making health a shared value. The survey covers a variety of topics, including views regarding what factors influence health, such as the notion of health interdependence (peer, family, neighborhood, and workplace drivers of health), values related to national and community investment for health and well-being; behaviors around health and well-being, including civic engagement on behalf of health, and the role of community engagement and sense of community in relation to health attitudes and values.
  • Abstract

    For many of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health action areas, data were available to guide the RWJF and RAND's work in those areas. For one, making health a shared value, little or no data were available. The National Survey of Health Attitudes was designed to collect data on public perceptions of health as a shared value.
  • Methods

    The researchers designed this survey to measure constructs that could not be assessed using existing data. In some cases, existing data were out of date or collected only in small samples that were not nationally representative. Existing literature informed the survey design. Where possible, the researchers used questions drawn from available survey instruments. However, in some cases, existing questions were modified or new questions were developed.
  • Methods

    Variables include what factors influence health, how the United States and individual communities should invest in health, what priorities communities should have regarding health, what social supports the respondent experiences in their neighborhood, the respondent's experience as a caretaker of those who cannot manage their own health, as well as questions about the respondent's health and health attitudes.
  • 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.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 69.7 percent participation rate
  • Abstract


    • DS1: National Survey of Health Attitudes, [United States], 2015
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2015-03-13--2015-04-14
  • 2015-03-13 / 2015-04-14
  • Collection date: 2015-03-13--2015-04-14
  • 2015-03-13 / 2015-04-14
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults in the United States Smallest Geographic Unit: Census region
Respondents from the RAND American Life Panel and the KnoweldgePanel (now part of Ipsos, previously GfK) were invited to participate in the survey. Both panels are nationally representative online panels with participants recruited using probability-based methods (such as Address Based Sampling and Random Digit Dialing).
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey
2020-07-08 This collection has been updated to include the Spanish version of the Questionnaire. Funding institution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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
  • 37405 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37405.v2
  • Carman, Katherine Grace, Chandra, Anita, Miller, Carolyn, Trujillo, Matthew D., Yeung, Douglas, Weilant, Sarah, DeMartini, Christine, Edelen, Maria Orlando, Huang, Wenjing, Acosta, Joie D.. Development of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Survey of Health Attitudes: Description and Top-Line Summary Data. RAND Research Reports.RR-1391-RWJ, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 2016.
    • ID: 10.7249/RR1391 (DOI)
  • Plough, Alonzo, Chandra, Anita. From Vision to Action: Measures to Mobilize a Culture of Health. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2015.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2020-07-08 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-01-14