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United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2015-2016


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2015 - 12/2016
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 a nationally representative, ongoing research survey designed to measure the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. 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.

For the 2015-2016 survey, data were collected on anemia, body composition, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, environmental diseases, kidney diseases, nutrition, obesity, oral health, physical activity, respiratory diseases, sexual behavior, and STDs.

24HR dietary recall, Age at first sex, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Amphetamine use disorders, Analgesics, Anemia, Anogenital herpes, Anthropometry, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Assets, Asthma, Birth certificates, Birth control pills, Birth place, Birth weight, Bladder cancer, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Blood transfusions, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, COPD, Caesarean section, Cancers, Cannabis use disorders, Cervix uteri cancer, Chlamydia, Cholesterol, Circumcision, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cocaine use disorders, Colon and rectum cancers, Condoms, Congenital anomalies, Cooking fuels, Corpus uteri cancer, Dental care, Diabetes, Dialysis, Dietary supplements, Disability, Domestic migration, Drug consumption, Education, Emergency care, Employment, Endocrine disorders, Ethnicity, Family composition, Family size, Fertility, Fish, Folic acid supplements, Food expenditures, Gallbladder and biliary tract cancers, Glucose tests, Gonococcal infections, Gout, HIV and AIDS, HPV, HPV vaccines, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health care use, Health facilities, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Heart failure, Height, Hemoglobin, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B vaccines, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis vaccines, Hodgkin lymphoma, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household air pollution, Household expenditures, Housing conditions, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Income, Incontinence, Infectious diseases, Injections, Injuries, Insulin, International migration, Interventions, Iodine supplements, Iron supplements, Ischemic heart disease, Jaundice, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Languages, Larynx cancer, Lead exposure, Leukemia, Limited mobility, Live births, Liver cancer, Melanoma, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Micronutrient supplements, Military service, Mobility aids, Mouth cancer, Musculoskeletal diseases, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Occupational risk factors, Oesophagus cancer, Opioid use disorders, Oral hygiene, Osteoarthritis, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Periodontal diseases, Pesticides, Physical activity, Pregnancy, Prescriptions, Processed foods, Prostate cancer, Prostheses and implants, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Rheumatoid arthritis, School enrollment, Secondhand smoke, Sense organ diseases, Sexual behavior, Skin cancers, Sleep, Smokeless tobacco use, Stomach cancer, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Training programs, Transportation, Unipolar depressive disorders, Upper respiratory infections, Urine tests, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Vitamin A supplements, Vitamin D supplements, Water supply, Weight, Weight change, Zinc