Task 3: How to Find Survey Background Information

In this task, you will begin collecting background information for the example analysis used throughout this tutorial. You will locate the

These are all related to the example cardiovascular disease analysis used throughout this tutorial.

Step 1: Find Survey Contents

From the homepage, shown here on the right, select the link titled Questionnaires, Data Sets, and Related Documentation, then select the NHANES 2001-2002 link. Now, in the Contents at a Glance section, and click the Survey Contents link. After the PDF file of the Survey Contents opens, scroll to the third page, where the chart of when variables were collected is displayed. By reviewing this chart you can determine if the components you are interested in were collected for all the years available or only some of the years, and design your analysis accordingly. For the example analysis used in this tutorial, be sure to review the total cholesterol (page 6) and SP Questionnaire Blood Pressure (BPQ) (page 10) components.

 

Step 2: Find Questionnaire Questions

Click the Back button to return to the NHANES 2001-2002 page.

Select the Survey Questionnaires, Examination Components and Laboratory Components link in the Contents in Detail section. Now, select on the Blood Pressure link under the Sample Person Questionnaire heading. This link opens to the blood pressure questions asked of the survey participants and lists possible responses. For the example analysis used in this tutorial, be sure to review these questions, the possible answers, and whether or not the question was part of a skip pattern.

 

Step 3: Find MEC Component Descriptions

Click your browser's Back button to return to the Survey Questionnaires, Examination Components and Laboratory Components page.

Select the Examination Components link under the Examination and Laboratory heading. A PDF file of the MEC Components Description opens. Review this file for descriptions of the components offered in the MEC. For the example analysis used in this tutorial, be sure to review the Physician's Exam portion where the protocol for taking blood pressure measurements is described.

 

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For a full module on how to locate information on variables, please see the Locating Variables module.

 

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