National Invitational Conference on Long-Term Care Data Bases: Conference Package. NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES

05/01/1987

NCHS Division of Health Interview Statitistics

The objective of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to address major current health issues through the collection and analysis of data on the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

The NHIS questionnaire consists of two basic parts: (1) a set of basic health and demographic items, and (2) one or more sets of questions on current health topics. The basic items constitute approximately 50 percent of the questionnaire and are repeated each year. This provides continuous national data on basic health topics and permits assissment of trends and changes in the health status and health-related characteristics of the population. The current health topics questionnaire generally changes each year. this facilitates a response to the need for population-based data on current or emerging health issues and coverage of a wide variety of topics. This combination yields a unique national health data base.

I. Basic Health and Demographic Items

The basic health and demographic questionnaire includes the following items:

Demographics

  • Age; race; sex
  • Hispanic origin
  • Education
  • Family income
  • Martial status, family relationship
  • Region; SMSA or non-SMSA residence
  • Usual activity; industry and occupation; class of worker
  • Veteran status Respondent--self or proxy

Health Status

  • Number of conditions--acute and chronic
  • Self-assessed health status
  • Limitation activity--degrees and duration
  • Restricted-activity days
  • Short-term disability days--bed days; work-loss days; school-loss days
  • Height and weight

Health Care Utilization

  • Hospitalization--hospital days
  • Doctor visits--interval since last visit

Extensive information is obtained about each condition, each hospital stay in the past 12 months, and each doctor visit in the past two months.

II. Current Health Topics

Suggestions and requests for special health topics are solicited and received from many sources. These include university-based researchers, administrators of national organizations and programs in the private and public sectors, and other parts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Topics are selected after consultation with agencies within the Public Health Service and after an assessment of priority health issues and the related need for population-based data. A lead time of at least 18 months is required to develop and pretest questions for new topics.

Current health topics covered by the NHIS include:

1987

  1. Child Adoption
  2. Cancer Risk Factors
    • Cancer Control Study Questionnaire
      • * Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Acculturation Questions
      • Usual Source of Medical Care
      • Source of Medical Information
      • Knowledge of Foods Related to Cancer
      • * Changes in Diet for Health Reasons
      • * Knowledge of Foods High in Fat and Fibre
      • Recognition of Factors which Increase Cancer Risk
      • Use of Screening Exams
      • Breast Self-Exam
      • * Have Menstral Periods
      • * Cigarette Smoking
      • * Other Tobacco Products
      • Exposure to Harmful Substances at Work
      • Smoking Restrictions at Worksite
      • Height and Weight
      • * Ever Had Cancer
    • Epidemiology Study Questionnaire
      • Quality and Frequency of Intake of Certain Foods and Beverages
      • Number of Meals and Snacks per Day
      • Vitamin and Mineral Use
      • Number of Livebirths and Stillbirths
      • Age at First Pregnancy Lasting 6 or More Months
      • Breastfeeding
      • Lumpectomies (Benign)
      • Birth Control Pill and Estrogen Use
      • Family History of Cancer
      • Occupation Held Longest
      • Number of Close Friends and Relatives
      • Participation in Group Events and Religious Activities

* On both Cancer Risk Factor Questionnaires

1986

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Health
  • Vitamin and Mineral Intake
  • Longest Job Worked
  • Functional Limitations

1985

  1. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Pregnancy and Smoking
    • General Health (Including Nutrition)
    • Injury Control
    • Maternal Health
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Stress
    • Exercise
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol Use
    • Dental Care
    • Occupational Safety and Health

1984

  1. Health and Health Care of the Aging Population
    • Family Structure, Relationships, Support, and Living Arrangements
    • Community and Social Support
    • Occupation and Retirement
    • Conditions and Impairments
    • Activities of Daily Living
    • Nursing Home Stay, Help with Care, and Hospice
    • Health Opinions

1983

  • Alcohol and Health Practices
  • Doctor Service
  • Dental Care
  • Health Insurance

1982

  • Health Insurance
  • Preventive Care

1981

  1. Child Health
    • Family Structure
    • Child Care Arrangements
    • Birth and Prenatal Events
    • Motor and Social Development
    • Infant Feeding Practices
    • Chronic Conditions
    • Lifetime Hospitalizations and Operations
    • School and Behavior Problems
    • Sleep Habits
    • Social Effects of Ill Health

1980

  • Special Aids
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Hearing Aid
  • Health Insurance
  • Smoking
  • Home Care
  • Residential Mobility
  • Retirement Income
  • Longest Job
  • Disability
  • Medicaid
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children

1979

  • Special Aids
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Hearing Aid
  • Smoking
  • Child Immunization
  • Home Care
  • Eye Care
  • Residential Mobility
  • Retirement Income
  • Disability
  • Medicaid
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children

1978

  • Health Insurance
  • Smoking
  • Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses
  • Blood Donor
  • Usual Source of Care
  • Armed Forces Disability
  • Child Immunization
  • How Long to Get to Doctor, Hospital
  • Medicaid
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Veterans Administration Sponsored Care

1977

  • Special Aids
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Vision Impairments
  • Barriers to Care
  • Influenza
  • Health Habits
  • Stroke
  • Disability
  • Services (for example, Physical Therapy)
  • Disability Income
  • 12-Month Work Loss
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans Administration Sponsored Care
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children

1976

  • Health Insurance
  • Smoking
  • Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses
  • Insulin and Diabetes Pills
  • Diabetes
  • Health Habits
  • Influenza
  • Job Application Turned Down Due to Health
  • Number of Children Ever Born and Number Weighing 9 or More Pounds at Birth

1975

  • Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses
  • Usual Source of Care
  • Accidents
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Exercise
  • Insulin and Diabetes Pills
  • Interval Between Discovery of Condition and Seeking Medical Help

1974

  • Health Insurance
  • Smoking
  • Acute Conditions
  • Loss of Income Due to Illness
  • Hypertension
  • Usual Source of Care
  • Orthodontic Care
  • Blood Pressure
  • Barriers to Care
  • Weight Control
  • Source of Payment for Medical Bills
  • Non-physician Health Care

1973

  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Interval Between Discovery of Condition and Seeking Medical Help
  • Blood Donor
  • Pregnancy
  • Preventive Care

1972

  • Disability
  • Health Insurance
  • Cause of Accident
  • Source of Payment for Doctor, Hospital Visit
  • Interval Between Discovery of Condition and Seeking Medical Help

1971

  • Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Out-of-Pocket Expense
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Hearing Aid
  • Type of Dental Service
  • Edentulous Persons
  • Cause of Accident
  • Vision Impairments

1970

  • Health Insurance
  • Smoking
  • X-Rays
  • Condition Requiring Dental Visit
  • Cause of Accident
  • Interval Between Discovery of Condition and Seeking Medical Help

1969

  • Special Aids
  • Arthritis
  • Public Assistance
  • Condition for Seeing Dentist
  • Disability
  • Interval Between Discovery of Condition and Seeking Medical Help
  • How Long to Get to Doctor
  • Wait Time to See Doctor

Further information about the NHIS questionnairs can be obtained from the Division of Health Interview Statistics.