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Locator Record

Title: Respiratory Health & Disease (RDQ_F )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 2009 - 2010
First Published: September, 2011
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Respiratory questionnaire for symptoms: daytime and night time cough, phlegm, wheezing, hay fever.
Record Source: NHANES 2009 - 2010
Survey Methodology: NHANES 2009 - 2010 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 Respiratory Disease Section (prefix RDQ) provides interview data for respiratory symptoms that may be related to chronic bronchitis or asthma. The symptoms profiled include cough, phlegm production, and wheezing. Data is also collected on trigger factors for these symptoms, for medical treatment and for related functional impairments.

Topics:

12 Month Period Prevalence of:

Eligible Sample

Questions regarding a history of cough and phlegm production were only administered to Survey Participants ages 40 years and above, except for RDQ140 (History of Dry Nocturnal Cough) which was administered to Survey Participants 1+ years.

Questions regarding a history of wheezing were administered to Survey Participants ages 1+ years except for RDQ137 which was administered to Survey Participants ages 6 to 69 years (school-age and working-age persons). The question series RDD120 through RDQ137 was administered to all participants with a history of wheezing.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

These questions were asked, in the home, by trained interviews using the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system.

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.

Data Processing and Editing

For certain variables all data values at or above a specified level were combined into one category and given the same numeric code. When a variable was modified globally, as part of the editing process, the third letter in the variable name was changed from a Q (i.e. RDQ) to a D (i.e. RDD). This occurred for the following variables in 2009-10 RDQ:
For RDQ040 and RDQ060, values of 70 years or more were combined and given the code of 70 years. The variables were renamed RDD040 and RDD060 respectively. For RDQ120, values of 20 visits or more were combined and given the code of 20 visits. The variable was renamed RDD120.

Analytic Notes

These data were collected as part of the NHANES Household Questionnaire Interview. NHANES Household Interview weights should be used if only questionnaire data is analyzed. However, if RDQ_F questionnaire data is merged with MEC examination or laboratory data, then NHANES MEC examination sample weights should be used for the analyses.

Current NHANES questionnaire data collection, relating to respiratory symptoms, is based on prior NHANES surveys as well as validated survey instruments (Bellia et al., 2003; Ferris, 1978). It is recommended that data analysts be familiar with current practice and issues in the epidemiologic investigation of respiratory disease (Celli et al., 2005; Halbert et al., 2005; Pauwels et al., 2001; Pierce et al, 1998).

Related NHANES 2009-2010 Questionnaire Datasets:

Medical Conditions (MCQ) contains questionnaire data on a history of a previous medical provider diagnosis of respiratory disease (asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), age at onset of disease, and family history of asthma.

Physical Functioning (PFQ) contains data on functional physical limitations, as well as information on the type of health problems (including respiratory disease) causing the difficulty.

Cardiovascular Disease (CDQ) contains data for dyspnea (shortness of breath) on exertion for adults ages 40+.

Smoking (SMQ) contains data on past history of smoking.

Occupation (OCQ) includes data on current and longest occupation, as well as identification of a Survey Participants exposure to second-hand smoke in their current job (OCQ290G/Q).

Prescription Medications (RXQ) contains data on all prescription medications currently taken, including those for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory disorders.

Please note that the question regarding hay fever (AGQ030) was also asked in the NHANES 2007-08 survey cycle RDQ questionnaire section, and in the NHANES 2005-06 survey cycle as a part of the 2005-6 Allergy Questionnaire.

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.

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

RDQ005A - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
RDQ005A
English Instructions:
IF AGE < 40 YEARS, GO TO RDQ070. OTHERWISE, CONTINUE.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS

RDQ031 - Coughing most days - over 3 mo period

Variable Name:
RDQ031
SAS Label:
Coughing most days - over 3 mo period
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} usually cough on most days for 3 consecutive months or more during the year?
Target:
Both males and females 40 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 419 419
2 No 3711 4130 RDQ050
7 Refused 0 4130 RDQ050
9 Don't know 3 4133 RDQ050
. Missing 5976 10109

RDD040 - # Years had cough problem

Variable Name:
RDD040
SAS Label:
# Years had cough problem
English Text:
For how many years {have you/has SP} had this cough?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF YEARS. IF LESS THAN 1 YEAR, ENTER 1; IF 70 OR MORE YEARS ENTER 70
Target:
Both males and females 40 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 62 Range of Values 405 405
70 70 or more 1 406
77777 Refused 0 406
99999 Don't know 13 419
. Missing 9690 10109

RDQ050 - Bring up phlegm most days - 3 mo period

Variable Name:
RDQ050
SAS Label:
Bring up phlegm most days - 3 mo period
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} bring up phlegm on most days for 3 consecutive months or more during the year?
Target:
Both males and females 40 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 409 409
2 No 3722 4131 RDQ070
7 Refused 0 4131 RDQ070
9 Don't know 2 4133 RDQ070
. Missing 5976 10109

RDD060 - # Years bringing up phlegm problem

Variable Name:
RDD060
SAS Label:
# Years bringing up phlegm problem
English Text:
For how many years, {have you/has SP} had trouble with phlegm?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF YEARS. IF LESS THAN 1 YEAR, ENTER 1; IF 70 OR MORE YEARS ENTER 70
Target:
Both males and females 40 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 66 Range of Values 392 392
70 70 or more 0 392
77777 Refused 2 394
99999 Don't know 15 409
. Missing 9700 10109

RDQ070 - Wheezing or whistling in chest - past yr

Variable Name:
RDQ070
SAS Label:
Wheezing or whistling in chest - past yr
English Text:
In the past 12 months {have you/has SP} had wheezing or whistling in {your/his/her} chest?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1282 1282
2 No 8816 10098 RDQ140
7 Refused 2 10100 RDQ140
9 Don't know 9 10109 RDQ140
. Missing 0 10109

RDQ080 - # Wheezing/whistling attacks past year

Variable Name:
RDQ080
SAS Label:
# Wheezing/whistling attacks past year
English Text:
[In the past 12 months], how many attacks of wheezing or whistling {have you/has SP} had?
English Instructions:
IF 12 OR MORE EPISODES, ENTER 12; ENTER NUMBER OF EPISODES.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 12
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 12 Range of Values 1252 1252
7777 Refused 0 1252
9999 Don't know 30 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDQ090 - Wheezing disturb sleep in past year

Variable Name:
RDQ090
SAS Label:
Wheezing disturb sleep in past year
English Text:
[In the past 12 months], how often, on average, has {your/SP's} sleep been disturbed because of wheezing? Would you say this happens . . .
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 Never, 586 586
1 1 or more nights per week, or 394 980
2 Less than 1 night per week? 298 1278
7 Refused 0 1278
9 Don't know 4 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDQ100 - Chest sound wheezy during exercise

Variable Name:
RDQ100
SAS Label:
Chest sound wheezy during exercise
English Text:
[In the past 12 months], has {your/SP's} chest sounded wheezy during or after exercise or physical activity?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 581 581
2 No 690 1271
7 Refused 0 1271
9 Don't know 11 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDD120 - # Medical visits for wheezing attacks

Variable Name:
RDD120
SAS Label:
# Medical visits for wheezing attacks
English Text:
[In the past 12 months], how many times {have you/has SP} gone to the doctor's office or the hospital emergency room for one or more of these attacks of wheezing or whistling?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER. IF NEVER, ENTER 0; IF 20 OR MORE MONTHS ENTER 20.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 16 Range of Values 1276 1276
20 20 or more 1 1277
7777 Refused 0 1277
9999 Don't know 5 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDQ134 - Doctor prescribe wheezing medication

Variable Name:
RDQ134
SAS Label:
Doctor prescribe wheezing medication
English Text:
(In the past 12 months), (have you/has SP) taken medication, prescribed by a doctor, for wheezing or whistling?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 795 795
2 No 485 1280
7 Refused 0 1280
9 Don't know 2 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDQ135 - Amount wheezing limits usual activity

Variable Name:
RDQ135
SAS Label:
Amount wheezing limits usual activity
English Text:
During the past 12 months, how much did {you/SP} limit {your/his/her} usual activities due to wheezing or whistling? Would you say...
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Not at all, 714 714
2 A little, 305 1019
3 A fair amount, 124 1143
4 A moderate amount, or 53 1196
5 A lot? 83 1279
7 Refused 0 1279
9 Don't know 3 1282
. Missing 8827 10109

RDQ136 - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
RDQ136
English Instructions:
BOX 4. CHECK ITEM RDQ136: IF AGE BETWEEN 6 AND 69 YEARS THEN CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO RDQ140.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS

RDQ137 - # Work/school days lost due to wheezing

Variable Name:
RDQ137
SAS Label:
# Work/school days lost due to wheezing
English Text:
During the past 12 months, how many days of work or school did {you/SP} miss due to wheezing or whistling?
Target:
Both males and females 6 YEARS - 69 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 None 732 732
1 1 to 7 194 926
2 8 to 30 26 952
3 31 plus 13 965
7 Refused 1 966
9 Don't know 2 968
. Missing 9141 10109

RDQ140 - Had dry cough at night in past year

Variable Name:
RDQ140
SAS Label:
Had dry cough at night in past year
English Text:
[In the past 12 months], {have you/has SP} had a dry cough at night not counting a cough associated with a cold or chest infection lasting 14 days or more?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 477 477
2 No 9623 10100
7 Refused 2 10102
9 Don't know 7 10109
. Missing 0 10109

AGQ030 - Episode of hay fever in past 12 months?

Variable Name:
AGQ030
SAS Label:
Episode of hay fever in past 12 months?
English Text:
During the past 12 months, {have you/has SP} had an episode of hay fever?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1214 1214
2 No 8868 10082
7 Refused 2 10084
9 Don't know 25 10109
. Missing 0 10109