NCHS Data Linkage

2015 Public-Use Linked Mortality Files

Public-use Linked Mortality Files (LMF) are available for 1986-2014 NHIS, 1999-2014 NHANES, and NHANES III.  The files include a limited set of mortality variables for adult participants only. The public-use versions of the NCHS Linked Mortality Files were subjected to data perturbation techniques to reduce the risk of participant re-identification. For select records, synthetic data were substituted for follow-up time or underlying cause of death. Information regarding vital status was not perturbed.

Data Files and Data Dictionaries

Comparability with Restricted-Use Files

A report comparing the public-use and restricted-use NHIS Linked Mortality Files is available here:

For more information about accessing the restricted-use linked mortality files, please consult the Restricted-Use Linked Mortality Data page.

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