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Locator Record

Title: Current Health Status (HSQ_E )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 2007 - 2008
First Published: September, 2009
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Current health status, quality of life, recent illness, blood donation and AIDS testing
Record Source: NHANES 2007 - 2008
Survey Methodology: NHANES 2007 - 2008 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

The Current Health Status section (variable name prefix HSQ) provides personal interview data on overall health assessment, quality of life (past 30 days), recent illness (past 30 days), blood donation, and AIDS testing.

Eligible Sample

Study participants 1 - 11 years old are only asked 3 questions regarding recent illness (HSQ500, HSQ510, HSQ520). The remaining questions are asked of participants 12 years of age and older, except for the blood donation and AIDS testing questions which are asked of participants 16 years of age and older.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

The current health status questionnaire was done during the physical examination, at the mobile examination center (MEC), using a Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing-CAPI (interviewer administered) system, for study participants 12 and older. It was conducted by a dietary interviewer, during the dietary recall interview, at the MEC, for study participants 1-11 years old (proxy interview).

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

The CAPI system is programmed with built-in consistency checks to reduce data entry errors. CAPI also uses online help screens to assist interviewers in defining key terms used in the questionnaire.

All of the data was reviewed by the NHANES field office staff for accuracy and completeness.

Data Processing and Editing

Frequency counts were verified during the preparation of the file.

Analytic Notes

HSD010 This identical question is asked in the Hospital Utilization section of the household questionnaire (HUQ010). There is a small difference in the administration of the two questions. Participants 12-15 years old have proxy responses in the household, but respond for themselves at the MEC. Many participants had different responses to this question in the household interview, compared to their responses in the MEC interview. Analysts should consider which of the two versions of this question is best to use for the purposes of their analyses.

HSQ500, HSQ510, and HSQ520 were asked in the Dietary Recall section for participants 1– 11 years of age. Respondents 12 years and older were asked the same questions during the MEC CAPI Interview. (The variable HSAQUEX identifies the source of data for each respondent.)

HSQ571 The question on blood donation, HSQ570, was re-worded in 2002 (dropping the phrase “a year ago”) and was re-numbered HSQ571. For the 2001-2002 data release, responses to both versions of this question were combined into one variable, named HSD570. For the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and the 2007-2008 release, only question HSQ571 was asked.

Two additional questions were added for 2007-2008, HSQ493 (recent pain) and HSQ496 (recent worry/anxiety). These two questions were asked only of respondents 12 years and older, during the MEC CAPI interview.

Please refer to the NHANES Analytic Guidelines and the on-line NHANES Tutorial for further details on the use of sample weights and other analytic issues. Both of these are available on the NHANES website.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS

HSD010 - General health condition

Variable Name:
HSD010
SAS Label:
General health condition
English Text:
{First/Next} I have some general questions about {your/SP's} health. Would you say {your/SP's} health in general is . . .
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTION: DISPLAY "FIRST" IF SP AGE IS >= 16 YEARS.
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Excellent, 671 671
2 Very good, 1742 2413
3 Good, 2516 4929
4 Fair, or 1181 6110
5 Poor? 244 6354
7 Refused 0 6354
9 Don't know 2 6356
. Missing 2951 9307

HSQ470 - no. of days physical health was not good

Variable Name:
HSQ470
SAS Label:
no. of days physical health was not good
English Text:
The next set are of questions are about {your/SP's} recent health during the 30 days outlined on the calendar. Thinking about {your/SP's} physical health, which includes physical illness and injury, for how many days during the past 30 days was {your/his/her} physical health not good?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD HSQ1. ENTER # OF DAYS
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 30
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 30 Range of Values 6333 6333
77 Refused 0 6333
99 Don't know 17 6350
. Missing 2957 9307

HSQ480 - no. of days mental health was not good

Variable Name:
HSQ480
SAS Label:
no. of days mental health was not good
English Text:
Now thinking about {your/SP's} mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was {your/his/her} mental health not good?
English Instructions:
ENTER # OF DAYS
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 30
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 30 Range of Values 6336 6336
77 Refused 0 6336
99 Don't know 13 6349
. Missing 2958 9307

HSQ490 - inactive days due to phys./mental hlth

Variable Name:
HSQ490
SAS Label:
inactive days due to phys./mental hlth
English Text:
During the past 30 days, for about how many days did poor physical or mental health keep {you/SP} from doing {your/his/her} usual activities, such as self-care, work, school or recreation?
English Instructions:
ENTER # OF DAYS
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 30
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 30 Range of Values 6336 6336
77 Refused 0 6336
99 Don't know 12 6348
. Missing 2959 9307

HSQ493 - Pain make it hard for usual activities

Variable Name:
HSQ493
SAS Label:
Pain make it hard for usual activities
English Text:
During the past 30 days, for about how many days did pain make it hard for {you/SP} to do {your/his/her} usual activities, such as self-care, work, or recreation?
English Instructions:
ENTER # OF DAYS
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 30
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 30 Range of Values 6336 6336
77 Refused 0 6336
99 Don't know 11 6347
. Missing 2960 9307

HSQ496 - How many days feel anxious

Variable Name:
HSQ496
SAS Label:
How many days feel anxious
English Text:
During the past 30 days, for about how many days {have you/has SP} felt worried, tense, or anxious?
English Instructions:
ENTER # OF DAYS
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 30
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 30 Range of Values 6325 6325
77 Refused 0 6325
99 Don't know 21 6346
. Missing 2961 9307

HSQ500 - SP have head cold or chest cold

Variable Name:
HSQ500
SAS Label:
SP have head cold or chest cold
English Text:
Did {you/SP} have a head cold or chest cold that started during those 30 days?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1778 1778
2 No 6819 8597
7 Refused 1 8598
9 Don't know 31 8629
. Missing 678 9307

HSQ510 - SP have stomach or intestinal illness?

Variable Name:
HSQ510
SAS Label:
SP have stomach or intestinal illness?
English Text:
Did {you/SP} have a stomach or intestinal illness with vomiting or diarrhea that started during those 30 days?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 908 908
2 No 7703 8611
7 Refused 1 8612
9 Don't know 17 8629
. Missing 678 9307

HSQ520 - SP have flu, pneumonia, ear infection?

Variable Name:
HSQ520
SAS Label:
SP have flu, pneumonia, ear infection?
English Text:
Did {you/SP} have flu, pneumonia, or ear infections that started during those 30 days?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 438 438
2 No 8164 8602
7 Refused 2 8604
9 Don't know 25 8629
. Missing 678 9307

HSQ571 - SP donated blood in past 12 months?

Variable Name:
HSQ571
SAS Label:
SP donated blood in past 12 months?
English Text:
During the past 12 months, that is, since (DISPLAY CURRENT MONTH, DISPLAY LAST YEAR), a year ago, (have you/has SP) donated blood?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 247 247
2 No 5534 5781 HSQ590
7 Refused 0 5781 HSQ590
9 Don't know 2 5783 HSQ590
. Missing 3524 9307

HSQ580 - How long ago was last blood donation?

Variable Name:
HSQ580
SAS Label:
How long ago was last blood donation?
English Text:
How long ago was {your/SP's} last blood donation?
English Instructions:
IF LESS THAN ONE MONTH, ENTER '1'. ENTER # OF MONTHS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 12
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 12 Range of Values 242 242
77 Refused 0 242
99 Don't know 5 247
. Missing 9060 9307

HSQ590 - Blood ever tested for HIV virus?

Variable Name:
HSQ590
SAS Label:
Blood ever tested for HIV virus?
English Text:
Except for tests {you/SP} may have had as part of blood donations, {have you/has he/has she} ever had {your/his/her} blood tested for the AIDS virus infection?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 2071 2071
2 No 3600 5671
7 Refused 0 5671
9 Don't know 112 5783
. Missing 3524 9307

HSAQUEX - Source of Health Status Data

Variable Name:
HSAQUEX
SAS Label:
Source of Health Status Data
English Text:
Source of Health Status Data
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Dietary Recall Component -- B(1-11) 2390 2390
2 MEC CAPI Questionnaire -- B(12-150) 6917 9307
. Missing 0 9307