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Costa Rica National Health Survey 2006


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Encuesta Nacional de Salud (ENSA) 2006
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
07/2006 - 08/2006
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Urban-rural representative

This survey was the first national health survey conducted in Costa Rica. The sample size of 2,004 households in both urban and rural areas was determined through the use of data from the 2000 National Census. The survey consisted of an in-home interview during which each member was asked a series of questions. The interviews were conducted from July 1 to August 9, 2006.

The broad themes of the questionnaire were perceptions of health, use of public and private health care services, dental care and habits, pharmacy use and drug consumption, nutrition and food security, lifestyle, chronic conditions, and life satisfaction. Women over 18 were interviewed about reproductive health. Adults over 60 were asked questions about daily activities and the level of help needed to accomplish them.

Absenteeism, Alcohol use, Allergies, Analgesics, Antibiotics, Antihypertensive drugs, Antimotility drugs, Birth control pills, Breastfeeding, Cancers, Chronic respiratory diseases, Community action, Condoms, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Corrective lenses, DTP vaccines, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diarrheal diseases, Dietary protein, Dietary sugar, Disability, Edentulism, Education, Electricity, Emergency care, Employment, Family composition, Family size, Fever, Fish, Fruits and vegetables, Gastritis and duodenitis, Gonococcal infections, HIV and AIDS, Headache, Health care access, Health care use, Health facility conditions, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hepatitis, Hepatitis B vaccines, Hormone replacement therapy, Hospitals, Hours worked, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hypertension, IUDs, Immunization, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injectable contraceptives, Injuries, International migration, Leisure activities, Length of stay, Living conditions, Loans, Malaria, Marital status, Mass media, Measles, Measles vaccines, Meningococcal vaccines, Mental health symptoms, Mumps vaccines, Occupations, Oral hygiene, Osteoporosis, Otitis media, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Personal health expenditures, Pharmacies, Physical activity, Physicians, Polio vaccines, Prescriptions, Prostheses and implants, Public health facilities, Rubella, Rubella vaccines, Sanitation, School enrollment, Screening mammography, Self-treatment, Sleep, Symptoms, Syphilis, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Tobacco smoking, Traditional birth control, Traditional medicine, Vision loss, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight, Whooping cough, Working conditions