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United States National Health Interview Survey 1985


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1985 - 12/1985
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is 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 1985 survey, the sample plan included approximately 49,000 eligible households yielding a probability sample of about 127,000 persons.

A core questionnaire collected data on topics such as injuries, diseases, conditions, disability, limitation of activity, doctor visits, hospitalization, and demographic information such as housing, family composition, income, etc. The supplemental questionnaire for the 1985 NHIS covered a variety of topics such as smoking during pregnancy, exercise, child safety, high blood pressure, stress, smoking, alcohol use, dental care, and occupational safety. These sections also contained health literacy questions relating to each topic.

Acne, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anemia, Asthma, Back and neck pain, Birth place, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Child health care, Children, Cholesterol, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Clinical breast exams, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Counseling, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Eczema, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Family composition, Family size, Glaucoma, Gout, Headache, Health behaviors, Health care services, Health care use, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Interventions, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Limited mobility, Marital status, Measles, Mental and behavioral disorders, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Migraine, Military service, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Pregnancy, Prostate cancer, Psoriasis, Race, Rheumatic heart disease, Road and vehicle safety, Road traffic injuries, Seat belts, Skin diseases, Sleep, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Tuberculosis, Urolithiasis, Weight, Weight change, Body mass index