National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D), Phase I and II

Topic/focus: General Health and Nutrition
Year(s): 1994, 1995
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: Interview
Universe: Non-institutionalized civilians
Variables: Varies by file and year
Access: Publically available (polio-related data available on website)
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Health Interview Survey on Disability
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The NHIS-D was designed to collect data that can be used to understand disability, to develop public health policy, to produce simple prevalence estimates of selected health conditions, and to provide descriptive baseline statistics on the effects of disabilities. The NHIS-D is not limited to one definition of disability. Data items in this database include sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability.