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United States National Health Interview Survey 1979


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1979 - 12/1979
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 1979 survey, the sample plan included about 111,000 persons from approximately 42,000 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 1979, the survey contained additional sections on home care, immunization, eye care, and residential mobility

Acne, Acute glomerulonephritis, Agriculture, Anemia, Antenatal care, Appendicitis, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, COPD, Campylobacter enteritis, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Catheters, Cerebrovascular diseases, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Corrective lenses, DTP vaccines, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Domestic migration, Eczema, Education, Emergency care, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Family composition, Family size, Glaucoma, Gout, Health care services, Health care use, Health status, Hearing loss, Height, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis, Home care, Hospitals, Housing, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Immunization, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Intentional injuries, Interventions, 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, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupations, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical examinations, Polio vaccines, Postnatal care, Pregnancy, Prostheses and implants, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, Rubella vaccines, Sexual sterilization, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Therapies, Transportation, Tuberculosis, Unintentional injuries, Upper respiratory infections, Urinary diseases, Urolithiasis, Urticaria, Varicella, Vision loss, Weight, Whooping cough, X-rays