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United States National Health Interview Survey 1988


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1988 - 12/1988
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 1988 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 1988 NHIS covered four broad areas: medical device implants, occupational health, alcohol use, and child health. The sample of the 1988-1989 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey was taken from the 1988 NHIS. 

Acne, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Anemia, Assets, Back and neck pain, Body mass index, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Child health care, Cirrhosis of the liver, Cleft lip and cleft palate, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Corrective lenses, Dental examinations, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Diverticular disease of intestine, Domestic migration, Eczema, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Eye examinations, Family composition, Glaucoma, Gout, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Immunization, Income, Influenza, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Interventions, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Limited mobility, Lower respiratory infections, Measles, Medical equipment, Mental and behavioral disorders, Migraine, Military service, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupational injuries, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Pneumoconiosis, Poisonings, Pregnancy, Prostheses and implants, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, Safety, Secondhand smoke, Sickle cell disorders, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Urinary tract infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Weight, X-rays