The surveys at the National Center for Health Statistics provide a wealth of information concerning the state of the Nation’s health in many aspects. Our surveys cover everything from health insurance to childhood obesity. The links below lead to descriptions and websites for the NCHS surveys and data systems.
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (click here for the video) – This survey collects data on the health and diet of people in the United States. Over the years, this survey has led to improvements in the food we eat and the health care we receive.
National Health Interview Survey – This survey has monitored the Nation’s health since 1957. The survey data is collected through the U.S. Census Bureau and covers topics such has health insurance coverage, hearing, vision, disability, asthma, chronic disease, child’s health, immunizations, pain, and many others.
National Vital Statistics System – the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation’s official vital statistics (deaths, births, marriages, and divorces).
National Health Care Surveys – a family of provider-based surveys designed to meet the need for objective, reliable information about the organizations and providers that supply health care, the services rendered, and the patients they serve. The family includes the National Hospital Discharge Survey, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery, National Nursing Home Survey, and National Home and Hospice Care Survey.
National Immunization Survey – used to produce timely estimates of vaccination coverage rates for all childhood vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Longitudinal Studies of Aging – a collaborative project of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). It is a multicohort study of persons 70 years of age and over designed primarily to measure changes in the health, functional status, living arrangements, and health services utilization of two cohorts of Americans as they move into and through the oldest ages.
State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey – collects important health care data at State and local levels. It supplements current national data collection strategies by providing in-depth State and local area data to meet various program and policy needs in an ever-changing health care system.
National Survey of Family Growth – gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men’s and women’s health.