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United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1988-1994


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1988 - 12/1994
Series or system 
United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Exam
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is an ongoing research survey designed to measure the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The third and last survey in the series before NHANES became a continuous survey in 1999, the 1988-1994 NHANES contains data for 33,994 persons ages 2 months and older. NHANES uses a combination of interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory tests to collect data; interviews include questions concerning demographics, diet, conditions, and health status information, while the examination component consists of medical, dental, and physiological measurements. Blood, urine, and other samples are collected for a variety of laboratory tests and are also saved for a national probability sample of genetic material.

The dataset, available for download on this page, and is compressed in the 7z archive format. Extracting this file requires the 7-Zip file archiver software.

24HR dietary recall, Abortion, Abortive outcome, Age at first sex, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Amphetamine use disorders, Analgesics, Anemia, Anogenital herpes, Antenatal care, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Appendicitis, Ascariasis, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Birth certificates, Birth control pills, Birth place, Birth weight, Bladder cancer, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Blood transfusions, Body mass index, Bone mineral density, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, Breathing difficulty, COPD, Caesarean section, Calcium, Caloric intake, Cancers, Cannabis use disorders, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Cervix uteri cancer, Child anthropometry, Child health care, Chlamydia, Cholesterol, Chronic kidney diseases, Chronic respiratory diseases, Circumcision, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cocaine use disorders, Colon and rectum cancers, Condoms, Congenital anomalies, Congestion, Cooking fuels, Corpus uteri cancer, Corrective lenses, Cough, Dairy products, Death certificates, Dental care, Dental caries, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Dialysis, Diet, Dietary sodium, Dietary supplements, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Domestic migration, Drug consumption, Eclampsia, Edentulism, Education, Electrocardiograms, Emergency care, Employment, Endocrine disorders, Secondhand smoke, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Family composition, Family size, Fertility, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Fish, Folic acid, Folic acid supplements, Food, Food expenditures, Fruits, Fruits and vegetables, GPAQ, Gall bladder and bile duct disease, Gallbladder and biliary tract cancers, Gastritis and duodenitis, General surgery, Goiter, Gonococcal infections, Gout, Gynecological diseases, HPV, HPV vaccines, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health care personnel, Health care services, Health care use, Health facilities, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Hearing tests, Heart disease, Heart failure, Height, Hemoglobin, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B vaccines, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis E, Hepatitis vaccines, Hodgkin lymphoma, Hookworm disease, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household air pollution, Household expenditures, Housing conditions, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, Hysterectomy, ICD-10, ICD-9, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Income, Incontinence, Injections, Injuries, Insulin, International migration, Interventions, Iodine deficiency, Iodine supplements, Iron, Iron supplements, Ischemic heart disease, Jaundice, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Languages, Larynx cancer, Lead exposure, Legumes, Leukemia, Limited mobility, Live births, Liver cancer, Lower respiratory infections, Lupus, Malnutrition, Marital status, Maternal age, Medical tests, Medicines, Melanoma, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Micronutrient supplements, Micronutrients, Military service, Milk, Mining, Mobility aids, Mortality, Mouth cancer, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neonatal conditions, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Noncommunicable diseases, Nutrition, Nuts, Obesity, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Oesophagus cancer, Opioid use disorders, Oral conditions, Oral hygiene, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Paralysis, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Peptic ulcer disease, Periodontal diseases, Pesticides, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Pneumococcal pneumonia, Poverty, Pregnancy, Pregnancy complications, Prescriptions, Private social assistance, Processed foods, Processed meats, Prostate cancer, Prostheses and implants, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Pulse, Race, Religion, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Respiratory function tests, Respiratory infections, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rose Angina Questionnaire, STDs, Safety, School enrollment, Seizures, Sense organ diseases, Sexual behavior, Sickle cell disorders, Skilled birth attendants, Skin cancers, Skin diseases, Sleep, Smokeless tobacco use, Starchy vegetables, Stillbirths, Stomach cancer, Stroke, Sugar-sweetened beverages, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Tetanus, Therapies, Thyroid cancer, Thyroid gland disorders, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Training programs, Transportation, Trichuriasis, Ultrasound, Unipolar depressive disorders, Unprocessed red meat, Upper respiratory infections, Urinary tract infections, Urine tests, Urolithiasis, Vegetables, Vision loss, Vitamin A supplements, Vitamin D supplements, Water supply, Weight, Weight change, X-rays, Zinc, Occupation codes