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Brazil National Survey of Health 2013


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde (PNS) 2013
Brazil (BRA)
Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Paraíba, Pará, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sergipe, São Paulo, Tocantins
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2013 - 12/2013
Series or system 
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative

The Brazil National Health Survey 2013 expanded on the National Household Sample Survey (PNAD) series to include modules on health access, use of health services, and lifestyle.

The survey was conducted to monitor the health conditions and behaviors of the national population, to assist with surveillance of noncommunicable chronic diseases and associated risk factors, and to evaluate the distribution of health services and resources.

Out of a sample of 81,767 households, a total of 62,986 households were successfully interviewed. A subsample of participants were measured for height, weight, and waist circumference. They had blood pressure taken and biological samples (blood and urine) collected for testing.

Topics covered in the survey included: sociodemographic characteristics, diet, physical activity, interpersonal violence, reproductive health, consumption of alcohol and tobacco, and reporting of chronic diseases.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Amputation, Antenatal care, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Anxiety disorders, Assets, Asthma, Autism, Bipolar affective disorder, Birth control pills, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Breastfeeding, COPD, Caesarean section, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Child health care, Cholesterol, Cholesterol tests, Chronic kidney diseases, Chronic respiratory diseases, Community health clinics, Condoms, Congenital anomalies, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Crime, Dengue, Dental care, Diabetes, Dialysis, Diaphragms, Digestive diseases, Disability, Domestic violence, Drug consumption, Education, Electricity, Emergency care, Emergency contraception, Employment, Employment benefits, Endometriosis, Eye examinations, FFQ, Falls, Family planning, Fatigue, Fertility, Fertility agents, Fish, Fruits and vegetables, Genital prolapse, Glomerular filtration rate, Gynecological diseases, Headache, Health care access, Health care costs, Health care services, Health care use, Health insurance, Health promotion, Health status, Hearing loss, Height, Hemoglobin, Home care, Hormone replacement therapy, Hospitals, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, IUDs, Immunization, Income, Injectable contraceptives, Insulin, Intentional injuries, Interpersonal violence, Intimate partner violence, Ischemic heart disease, Length of stay, Limited mobility, Literacy, Live births, Lower respiratory infections, Mass media, Maternal age, Maternal care, Medical equipment, Medical tests, Medicines, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Military service, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Occupational injuries, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Oral conditions, Oral hygiene, Pain, Pap smears, Paralysis, Pharmacies, Physical activity, Physical therapy, Place of delivery, Postnatal care, Pregnancy, Pregnancy complications, Prescriptions, Private health facilities, Processed foods, Prostate cancer, Public health facilities, Public social assistance, Refrigeration, Rehabilitation, Rheumatoid arthritis, Road and vehicle safety, Road traffic injuries, Sanitation, Schizophrenia, School enrollment, Screening mammography, Seat belts, Secondhand smoke, Sexual violence, Skilled birth attendants, Skin cancers, Sleep, Spermicides, Stomach cancer, Stroke, Summary birth history, Sun exposure, Surgical procedures, Syphilis, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Traditional medicine, Transplants, Transportation, Ultrasound, Unemployment, Unintentional injuries, Unipolar depressive disorders, Urine tests, Vaccination cards, Vision loss, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight, Working conditions