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Project Citation: 

Bynum, Julie. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for Dementia Researchers, 2007-2018. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-11-30.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary This series of code and corresponding data files are intended for use in cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research. The files include twelve years of cleaned datasets derived from the 2007-2018 years of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). NHIS is a nationally representative study aimed at monitoring the health of the non-institutionalized United States population.  

The provided datasets include sociodemographic information on respondents’ age, sex, race, and marital status from the Sample Adult Files, cognition variables from the Sample Adult files and, in applicable years, merged cognition data from the Adult Functioning and Disability (AFD) supplement. The files were constructed to allow for users to append multiple years of data for longitudinal analysis. Brief and detailed summaries of the variables available in these datasets along with more detailed descriptions of performed calculations can be found in the provided data dictionaries. Users may also refer to the provided “Overview of variables across years” document to see which variables are available each year. SAS, Stata, and CSV data file formats are provided as are the full coding scripts used in Stata.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG066582)

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms aging; cognition; cognitive impairment; dementia; cognitive functioning; Alzheimers disease; ADRD; CAPRA
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage 50 U.S. States and D.C.
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 2007 – 2018
Universe:  View help for Universe Nationally representative sample of noninstitutionalized U.S. Adults.
IMPORTANT NOTE: NHIS does not sample from persons in long-term care institutions (e.g., nursing homes)
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) program source code; survey data
Collection Notes:  View help for Collection Notes Senility questions, which are available in all years, were asked of Sample adults aged 18+ years who, without using special equipment, have at least a little difficulty walking a quarter mile; walking up 10 steps w/o resting; standing/being on feet for about 2 hours; sitting for about 2 hours; stooping/bending/kneeling; reaching up over head; using fingers to grasp/handle small objects; lifting/carrying 10 pounds; pushing/pulling large objects; going out for things (shopping/movies/etc.); participating in social activities; or relaxing at home (reading/sewing, etc.)


Sampling:  View help for Sampling Complex survey data with a stratified, clustered sampling design.
Data Source:  View help for Data Source National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI); computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Weights:  View help for Weights Users of this resource should be familiar with complex survey design and appropriately apply the sample weights, strata, and cluster/primary sampling unit for any analyses. For years 2007-2010 weights from the sample adult file (wtfa_sa) should be usedFor years 2011-2017, any analysis using the Adult Functioning and Disability (AFD) supplement should use the AFD weights (wtfa_afd). In 2018, the AFD was asked as part of the sample adult file, meaning users should apply the sample adult weights (wtfa_sa). For all years, Strata should be set to pseudo-stratum (strat_p) and cluster/PSU should be set to pseudo-PSU (psu_p). Please see the supplemental documentation on “Overview of Variables Across Years” for changes in stratum and PSU.

Users should consult the "NHIS Guidance on Variance Estimation" document in the Documentation folder for sample code, instructions on weight adjustments in pooled analyses, and instructions for handling the PSU/Stratum coding change from 2015 to 2016.
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Person
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit U.S.A.

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