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United States National Health Interview Survey 1987


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1987 - 12/1987
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 1987 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 1987 survey included the following topics: adoption, poliomyelitis, acculturation, medical care, general knowledge and attitudes, cancer screening, smoking habits, occupational exposure, diet, reproduction and hormone use, family history of cancer, and AIDS knowledge and attitudes.

Acne, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anemia, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, Birth control pills, Birth place, Body mass index, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, COPD, Calcium, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Cerebrovascular diseases, Children, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Clinical breast exams, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Contraceptives, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Diet, Digestive diseases, Digital rectal examinations, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Eczema, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, FFQ, Family composition, Glaucoma, Gout, HIV and AIDS, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health care use, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Height, Hepatitis, Hormone replacement therapy, Hospitals, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Immunization, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Languages, Limited mobility, Live births, Lower respiratory infections, Marital status, Measles, Medical tests, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Micronutrients, Migraine, Military service, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Nutrition, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Pneumoconiosis, Polio, Pregnancy, Proctoscopy, Prostate cancer, Psoriasis, Race, Religion, Remission, Reproductive health, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, Screening mammography, Secondhand smoke, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Vitamin A supplements, Weight, X-rays