IPUMS Health Surveys

Harmonized Data from U.S. National Health Surveys

IPUMS Health Surveys provide free individual-level survey data for research purposes from two leading sources of self-reported health and health care information (Collection level DOI 10.18128/C070):

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS): Harmonized annual NHIS microdata from 1963 to the present. Data cover such topics as general health status, the distribution of acute and chronic illness, functional limitations, access to and use of medical services, insurance coverage, and health behaviors.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Harmonized MEPS data from 1996 to the present. MEPS provides nationally representative, longitudinal data covering health status, medical conditions, health care utilization, and health care expenditures for the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population.

IPUMS Health Surveys harmonizes NHIS and MEPS data and allows users to create customized data extracts for analysis. NHIS data are available now and MEPS data will be released later in 2017. Studies that have used NHIS data have covered a variety of topics, including: educational attainment and mortality, health disparities, health behaviors in minority populations, the relationship between insurance coverage and psychological distress among individuals with chronic disability, and the health and nutritional effects of SNAP enrollment. For a more complete list of publications, please see the IPUMS bibliography.

Principal Investigators and senior personnel:

  • Lynn Blewett
  • Julia Rivera Drew
  • Kari Williams
  • Steven Ruggles

Supported by:

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute for Child Health and Human Development
  • Stat/Transfer
  • University of Minnesota

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