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United States National Health Interview Survey 1978


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1978 - 12/1978
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

Since 1957, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has been a primary source of information on the health of the population of the United States. The NHIS is a cross-sectional household interview survey that is fielded continuously throughout the year. For the 1978 survey, the sample plan included about 120,000 persons from approximately 41,000 households.

A core questionnaire collected data on topics such as acute conditions, injuries, chronic conditions, days of disability, limitation of activity, hospitalization, and demographic information such as housing, family composition, income, etc. For 1978, the survey included sections on health insurance and immunization, as well as supplemental questionnaires on family medical expenses and smoking.

Acne, Acute glomerulonephritis, Agriculture, Anemia, Antenatal care, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, COPD, Campylobacter enteritis, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, DTP vaccines, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Eczema, Education, Emergency care, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Family composition, Family size, Glaucoma, Gout, Health care services, Health care use, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing loss, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Immunization, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Intentional injuries, Iodine deficiency, Limited mobility, Lower respiratory infections, Marital status, Measles, Measles vaccines, Mental and behavioral disorders, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Migraine, Military service, Multiple sclerosis, Mumps, Mumps vaccines, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupations, Personal health expenditures, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Polio vaccines, Postnatal care, Pregnancy, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, Rubella vaccines, Sexual sterilization, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Therapies, Unintentional injuries, Upper respiratory infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Weight, Whooping cough, X-rays