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United States National Health Interview Survey 1986


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1986 - 12/1986
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 1986 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, health insurance, and demographic information such as housing, family composition, income, etc. The supplemental questionnaire for the 1986 survey included sections on longest job worked, dental health, functional limitations, and vitamin and mineral supplement intake.

Acne, Agriculture, Anemia, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, Birth place, Breast cancer, COPD, Calcium, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Child health care, Chronic respiratory diseases, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Eczema, Edentulism, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Family composition, Family size, Fluoride, Folic acid, Glaucoma, Gout, Headache, Health care services, Health care use, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Interventions, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Iodine supplements, Iron, Limited mobility, Lower respiratory infections, Marital status, Measles, Medical equipment, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Micronutrients, Migraine, Military service, Mobility aids, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupations, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical examinations, Pneumoconiosis, Pregnancy, Prostate cancer, Public social assistance, Race, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Therapies, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Vitamin A supplements, Vitamin D supplements, Weight, Body mass index