The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is a multi-purpose health survey
conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian noninstitutionalized household population of the United States. The NHIS has been conducted continuously since its beginning in 1957. Public use data files are released on an annual basis.
The NHIS Core questionnaire items are revised periodically, with the last major revisions occurring in 1982 and in 1997. The NHIS that was fielded from 1982-1996 consisted of two parts: (1) a set of basic health and demographic items (known as the Core questionnaire) that remained stable from one survey year to the next, and (2) one or more sets of questions on current health topics that varied with each survey, referred to as Supplements. Despite periodic revisions to the Core questionnaire, Supplements played an increasingly important role in the survey as a means of enhancing topic coverage in the Core. Eventually, certain Supplements, such as “Family Resources” and “Health Insurance,” were incorporated in the NHIS Core on an annual basis.
National Health Interview Survey 2012
|date start||January 1, 2012|
|date end||December 31, 2012|
|Method||First (in person interviews)
Follow up (telephone or in person)
|Universe||civilian non-institutionalized population of the United
|Languages||English or Spanish|
|Geography Variables||region, state,|
|Topics Covered||demographics, health related topics|
|All Other Asian||3003|
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