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United States National Health Interview Survey 2008


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2008 - 12/2008
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. The interviewed sample for the 2008 NHIS consisted of 28,790 households, yielding 74,236 persons in 29,421 families.

The 2008 NHIS covered a wide variety of topics, such as family composition, socio-demographic characteristics, injuries, health care access and utilization, health insurance, income and assets, conditions, health behaviors, physical activity. The survey included supplement sections concerning adult heart disease, adult and child asthma, adult and child vision, cancer screening and sun protection, human papillomavirus, child and adult oral health, balance, child mental health, and adult and child immunization.

Adverse effects of medical treatments, Alcohol use, Anemia, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Assets, Asthma, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Autism, Back pain, Birth place, Birth weight, Blood pressure, Burns, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Chemotherapy, Child health care, Colonoscopy, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Corrective lenses, Dental caries, Dental examinations, Diabetes, Diarrheal diseases, Digestive diseases, Disability, Down's syndrome, Eczema, Edentulism, Education, Employment, Employment benefits, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Falls, Family composition, Glaucoma, Gout, HPV, HPV vaccines, Headache, Health care access, Health care use, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hepatitis, Hepatitis B vaccines, Home care, Homicide, Hormone replacement therapy, Hospitals, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Hysterectomy, Immunization, Income, Influenza vaccines, Injuries, International migration, Interventions, Limited mobility, Lower respiratory infections, Macular degeneration, Marital status, Medical equipment, Medical tests, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Migraine, Mobility aids, Multiple sclerosis, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neck pain, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Occult blood, Occupations, Osteoarthritis, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Periodontal diseases, Personal health expenditures, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Pneumococcal vaccines, Poisonings, Polio, Pregnancy, Proctoscopy, Prostheses and implants, Public social assistance, Race, Rheumatoid arthritis, Road traffic injuries, STDs, Screening mammography, Seat belts, Seizures, Sickle cell disorders, Skin diseases, Sleep, Stroke, Sun exposure, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Therapies, Thyroid gland disorders, Tobacco smoking, Unintentional injuries, Unipolar depressive disorders, Upper respiratory infections, Varicella, Vision loss, Weight, Body mass index, Hemorrhagic stroke