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United States National Health Interview Survey 1981


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1981 - 12/1981
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 1981 survey, the sample plan included approximately 42,000 households containing about 111,000 persons.

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 1981, the survey contained a detailed supplemental questionnaire on child health.

Acne, Agriculture, Anemia, Antenatal care, Antibiotics, Assets, Autism, Back and neck pain, Breastfeeding, COPD, Caesarean section, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Child health care, Children, Circumcision, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Corrective lenses, Dental caries, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Eczema, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Eye examinations, Family composition, Family size, Fertility, Glaucoma, Gout, Hearing loss, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Immunization, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Interventions, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Limited mobility, Lower respiratory infections, Measles, Meningitis, Mental and behavioral disorders, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Micronutrients, Migraine, Military service, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupations, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Postnatal care, Pregnancy, Psoriasis, Race, Rheumatic heart disease, Road and vehicle safety, Road traffic injuries, School enrollment, Skin diseases, Sleep, Stillbirths, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Telephones, Therapies, Tobacco smoking, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Weight, X-rays, Body mass index