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Germany National Health Interview and Examination Survey 1997-1999


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Bundes-Gesundheitssurvey (BGS) 1998
Germany (DEU)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
10/1997 - 03/1999
Series or system 
Germany Health Interview and Examination Survey (DEGS)
Data type
  • Exam
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
  • Nationally representative

This survey, also known as BGS98, examined the health of the adult population in Germany. Information was gathered from 7,124 people, ages 18-79 years, living in private households. Institutionalized populations and individuals whose German language abilities were not strong enough to understand the questionnaires were excluded. In addition to the core survey, there were modules on drug use (prescription and over-the-counter), diet, folic acid intake, mental health, and the environment. Survey instruments included written questionnaires, personal and computerized interviews, a medical examination, and laboratory tests. Willing BGS98 participants were contacted for a follow-up survey from 2008-2011.

Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Amputation, Analgesics, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Antimalarials, Antimotility drugs, Asthma, BCG vaccines, Back and neck pain, Back pain, Birth place, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Body mass index, Breathing difficulty, Burns, COPD, Calcium, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cerebrovascular diseases, Cholera vaccines, Cholesterol, Cholesterol tests, Cirrhosis of the liver, Contraceptives, Corrective lenses, Cough, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Diarrhea, Diet, Diphtheria, Diphtheria vaccines, Disability, Drug use disorders, Eating disorders, Education, Emergency care, Employment, Endocrine disorders, Environmental hazards, Secondhand smoke, Epilepsy, FFQ, Family size, Fatigue, Fish, Folic acid, Fruits, Fruits and vegetables, Gall bladder and bile duct disease, Gastritis and duodenitis, Glucose tests, Gout, Gynecological diseases, Headache, Health behaviors, Health care use, Health education, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart failure, Height, Hemoglobin, Hepatitis, Hepatitis vaccines, Home care, Hormone replacement therapy, Hospitals, Household air pollution, Household heat, Housing conditions, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, ICD-9, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Income, Infectious diseases, Influenza vaccines, Insulin, International migration, Interpersonal violence, Iron, Iron supplements, Iron-deficiency anemia, Ischemic heart disease, Legumes, Length of stay, Limited mobility, MMR vaccines, Marital status, Measles, Medical tests, Medicines, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Microalbuminuria screening, Micronutrient supplements, Micronutrients, Migraine, Milk, Multiple sclerosis, Mumps, Musculoskeletal diseases, Nausea, Noncommunicable diseases, Nuts, Occupational injuries, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Outpatient facilities, Pain, Parkinson's disease, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical activity, Poisonings, Polio vaccines, Processed foods, Processed meats, Prostheses and implants, Pruritus, Public social assistance, Pulse, Rabies, Refraction and accommodation disorders, Respiratory infections, Rubella, SF-36, Screening, Sense organ diseases, Sexual behavior, Skin diseases, Social class, Stroke, Sugar-sweetened beverages, Suicide, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Tobacco smoking, Tourism, Training programs, Tuberculosis, Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, Typhoid and paratyphoid vaccines, Unintentional injuries, Unprocessed red meat, Urinary tract infections, Urine tests, Urolithiasis, Urticaria, Vaccination cards, Varicella, Vegetables, Weight, Weight change, Whole grains, Whooping cough, Yellow fever vaccines