Publically Available Databases Pertaining to Children's Health

Name of Survey abbrev. sample
years
sample size sampling frame type of info geog. prog.
info?
Source
National Longtitudinal Survey of Youth
Children of the NLSY)
NLSY79 '79-08 11,431 children of 1979 mothers vital stats
report
limited exam
region yes BLS
National Longtitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Add Health '94-96 6,500 US high school students report
limited exam
school
other
? yes UNC
National Incidence Studies of Child Abuse & Neglect NIS-1
NIS-2
NIS-3
'79-80
'86-87
'94-96
26 counties
26 counties
42 counties
US counties:
reports of
abuse & neglect
report
admin
county yes NDA
National Natality Surveys 1964-66
National Infant Mortality Surveys 1964-66
National Natality Surveys 1967-69
National Natality Survey 1972
NNS 64-66
NIMS 64-66
NNS 67-69
NNS 72
'64-66
'64-66
'67-69
'72
10,395
7,800
3,666
5,689
live births
infant deaths
live births
live births
vital stats state yes NCHS
National Natality Survey 1980
National Fetal Mortality Survey 1980
NNS 80
NFMS 80
'80 16,327 live births
+fetal deaths
vital stats
+admin
state yes NCHS
National Maternal and Infant Health Survey 1988
1991 Longitudinal Followup to the 1988 NMIS
1988
1991
NMIS 88
1991 LF
18,594
8,285
live births,
fetal and infant deaths
vital stats
+admin
state yes NCHS
National Health Interview Surveys
includes supplementary Current Health Topics
eg: Youth Risk Behavior Surveys
NHIS 1969-- ~40,000 hh/yr civilian non-inst.
population
(by household)
report SMSA #
region
varies NCHS
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle I
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle II
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle III
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle IV
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle IV (reinterview)
National Survey of Family Growth Cycle V
NSFG-I
NSFG-II
NSFG-III
NSFG-IV
NSFG-IV f/u
NSFG-V
1973
1976
1982
1988
1990
1995
9,797
8,611
7,969
8,450
5,686
10,847
married women 15-44
married women 15-44
all women 15-44
all women 15-44
all women 15-44
NHIS, women 15-44
vital stats
vital stats+
vital stats+
vital stats+
vital stats+
vital stats+
region yes NCHS
National Health Examination Survey,Cycle I
National Health Examination Survey,Cycle II
National Health Examination Survey,Cycle III
NHES I
NHES II
NHES III
'59-62
'63-65
'66-70
6,672
7,119
6,768
adults 18-79
children 6-11
youth 12-17
exam region yes NCHS
1st National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
2nd National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
3rd National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHANES I
NHANES II
HHANES
NHANES III
'71-75
'76-80
'82-84
'88-94
23,808
20,322
11,653
33,994
12 months-74 years
6 months-74 years
6 months-74 years
2 months-74+ years
exam region yes NCHS
National Medical Expenditure Survey I
National Medical Care Utilization and Expenditure Survey
National Medical Expenditure Survey II
NMES-1
NMCUES
NMES-2
1977
1980
1987
40,320
17,123
35,000
civilian non-inst.
population
admin region much NCHS
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey MEPS 1996-- 24,676 1995 NHIS admin region much AHCPR
National Hospital Discharge Survey NHDS 1970-- ~260,000/year non-federal short-stay hospitals admin region yes NCHS
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey
National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery
NAMCS
NHAMCS
NSAS
1973--
1992--
1994
~40,000/year
~50,000/year
117,861
medical office visits
emergency & clinic visits
ambulatory surgical visits
admin region yes NCHS
National Master Facility Inventory
Inventory of Long Term Care Places
NMFI
ILTCP
71-76
71-86
7,271
41,019
100% lists of US hospitals and
residential care facilities
admin
(limited)
exact yes NCHS
Bureau of Health Professions Area Resource File ARF 1940-- 3,082
counties
inventory of all health facilities,
health professionals,
and other health indicators
by county, whole USA
admin
(limited)
county,
SMSA
yes BHPr
Natality public-use files
fetal deaths public-use files
linked infant birth-death files
mortality:underlying cause of death
mortality:multiple cause of death
  1968--
1982--
1983--
1968--
1968--
~4,000,000/yr
~60,000/yr
~4,000,000/yr
~2,000,000/yr
~2,000,000/yr
100% of universe vital stats SMSA none NCHS
National death index NDI 1979-- ~2,000,000/yr 100% of universe vital stats State none NDI
for international
comparisons:
Demographic and Health Surveys
DHS 1984-- varies Africa, Asia,
Near East
Latin America
vital stats
exams
admin
report
country
&other
yes DHS


A SAS program
to calculate categories of birthweight below the 10th and 25th percentiles of gestational age is available from this site.