National Health Interview Survey: Demographic and health variables

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Description

Demographic and health related variables from a U.S. national household survey

Usage

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Format

A data frame with 21,588 observations on the following 18 variables.

ID

Identification variable

stratum

Sample design stratum

psu

Primary sampling unit, numbered within each stratum (1,2)

svywt

survey weight

sex

Gender (1 = male; 2 = female)

age.grp

Age group (1 = < 18 years; 2 = 18-24 years; 3 = 25-44 years; 4 = 45-64 years; 5 = 65+)

hisp

Hispanic ethnicity (1 = Hispanic; 2 = Non-Hispanic White; 3 = Non-Hispanic Black; 4 = Non-Hispanic All other race groups)

parents

Parents present in the household (1 = mother, father, or both present; 2 = neither present)

educ

Highest level of education attained (1 = High school graduate, graduate equivalence degree, or less; 2 = Some college; 3 = Bachelor's or associate's degree; 4 = Master's degree or higher; NA = missing)

race

Race (1 = White; 2 = Black; 3 = All other race groups)

inc.grp

Family income group (1 = < $20K; 2 = $20000-$24999; 3 = $25000-$34999; 4 = $35000-$44999; 5 = $45000-$54999; 6 = $55000-$64999; 7 = $65000-$74999; 8 = $75K+; NA = missing)

delay.med

Delayed medical care in last 12 months because of cost (1 = Yes; 2 = No; NA = missing)

hosp.stay

Had an overnight hospital stay in last 12 months (1 = Yes; 2 = No; NA = missing)

doc.visit

During 2 WEEKS before interview, did person see a doctor or other health care professional at a doctor's office, a clinic, an emergency room, or some other place? (excluding overnight hospital stay)? (1 = Yes; 2 = No)

medicaid

Covered by medicaid, a governmental subsidy program for the poor (1 = Yes; 2 = No; NA = missing)

notcov

Not covered by any type of health insurance (1 = Yes; 2 = No; NA = missing)

doing.lw

What was person doing last week? (1 = Working for pay at a job or business; 2 = With a job or business but not at work; 3 = Looking for work; 4 = Working, but not for pay, at a job or business; 5 = Not working and not looking for work; NA = missing)

limited

Is the person limited in any way in any activities because of physical, mental or emotional problems? (1 = Limited in some way; 2 = Not limited in any way; NA = missing)

Details

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is used to monitor health conditions in the U.S. Data are collected through personal household interviews. Demographic variables and a few health related variables are included in this subset. The nhis.large data set contains observations on 21,588 persons. nhis.large is a set of 21,588 persons extracted from the 2003 U.S. survey. The file contains only persons 18 years and older.

Source

National Health Interview Survey of 2003 conducted by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm

See Also

nhis

Examples

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data(nhis.large)
str(nhis.large)
table(nhis.large$stratum, nhis.large$psu)
table(nhis.large$delay.med, useNA="always")

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