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United States National Health Interview Survey 1990


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1990 - 12/1990
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 1990 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 supplement questionnaire for the 1990 NHIS contains sections on HIV/AIDs knowledge and attitudes, assistive devices, family resources, health promotion and disease prevention, hearing, injury control and child health and safety, podiatry, and pregnancy and smoking.

Acne, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anemia, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, 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, Diverticular disease of intestine, Eczema, Education, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Family composition, Family size, Glaucoma, Gout, Headache, Health care services, Health care use, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Height, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Income, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Interventions, Intestinal infectious diseases, Iodine deficiency, Limited mobility, Live births, Lower respiratory infections, Measles, Medical equipment, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Migraine, Military service, Mobility aids, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Occupations, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Place of delivery, Pneumoconiosis, Pregnancy, Prostate cancer, Prostheses and implants, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Radon exposure, Rheumatic heart disease, Road and vehicle safety, Road traffic injuries, Screening mammography, Skin diseases, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Therapies, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Weight, Body mass index