Design and estimation for the national health interview survey, 2006-2015

Vital Health Stat 2. 2014 Apr:(165):1-53.


Objectives: This report presents an overview, a detailed description of the sample design features, and estimation structures for the 2006-2015 National Health Interview Survey NHIS). It fulfills the same role for the current 2006-2015 NHIS design as NCHS Series 2, No. 130, "Design and Estimation for the National Health Interview Survey, 1995-2004" provided for the previous design, which was extended through 2005.

Methods: The 2006-2015 NHIS sample design uses cost-effective complex sampling techniques including stratification, clustering, and differential sampling rates to achieve several objectives, among them improved reliability of racial, ethnic, and geographical domains. This report describes these methods.

Results: This report presents operating characteristics of NHIS 2006-2015. The general sampling structure is presented, along with a discussion of weighting and variance estimation techniques. This report is intended for general users of NHIS data systems.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection*
  • Epidemiologic Research Design*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • National Center for Health Statistics, U.S.*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Statistics as Topic
  • United States