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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

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