NCHS Data Linkage

NCHS Data Linked to USRDS End-Stage Renal Disease Files

NCHS has linked data from various surveys with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) data obtained from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). Linkage of the data from NCHS survey participants with the USRDS ESRD data provides the opportunity to study changes in health status and health care utilization among patients diagnosed with ESRD.

Linked ESRD data are available for those NCHS survey participants who consented for linkage, agreed to provide personal identification data to NCHS and for whom NCHS was able to match with USRDS administrative records. Available ESRD patient data covers service from 1974 through 2018.

NCHS Surveys Linked to USRDS ESRD Data

  • 1994-2018 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • 1999-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
  • 2004 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS)
  • NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS)
  • Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III)
  • The Second Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA II)

Linked NCHS-USRDS ESRD Data Bibliography

Linked USRDS Data Citation List [PDF – 166 KB] (Revised 04/04/2024)


The details of the linked data, linkage methods, and analysis considerations, are available from the links on the navigation menu. For any additional questions, contact the Data Linkage Team:

Data Linkage Team
Division of Analysis and Epidemiology
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782