Worker Health Information from the National Health Interview Survey

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Chart the 2015 OHS Data

Use our data visualization tool to chart the 2015 NHIS Occupational Health Supplement data and assess:
Worker Health Charts (WHC)

  • frequency of low back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • workplace health promotion program availability and use
  • workplace exposures

 

 

Data Dictionary for the 2015 Supplement Questions Included in Worker Health Charts

The following describe variables collected by the 2015 NHIS Occupational Supplement used in analysis of worker health. These variables are included in the Worker Health Chart (WHC) tool.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
Frequent, Severe  Low Back Pain DURING THE PAST THREE MONTHS, did you have
… Low back pain?
1 Yes
2 No
DURING THE PAST THREE MONTHS, how often did you have low back pain? Would you say…
1 Some days
2 Most days
3 Every day
Thinking about the last time you had pain, how much pain did you have? Would you say…
1 A little
2 A lot
3 Somewhere in between a little and a lot
PAINLB
LBPFREQ
LBPSEV
Frequent, Severe  Low Back Pain was defined as
PAINLB=1;
LBPFREQ in (2,3); and
LBPSEV in (2,3)
Low back pain attributed to work Have you been told by a doctor or other health professional that your low back pain was probably work-related?
1 Yes
2 No
LBPWKREL

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (ever) Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have a condition affecting the wrist and hand called carpal tunnel syndrome?
1 Yes
2 No
CTSEVER
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (current) DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS have you had carpal tunnel syndrome?
1 Yes
2 No
CTSYR
Current Carpal Tunnel Syndrome attributed to work Have you been told by a doctor or other health professional that your carpal tunnel syndrome was probably work-related?
1 Yes
2 No
CTSWKREL

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
Frequent lifting, pushing, pulling or bending How often does your job involve repeated lifting, pushing, pulling, or bending? Never, seldom, sometimes, often, or always?
0 Never
1 Seldom
2 Sometimes
3 Often
4 Always
EXERTION EXERTION in (3,4)= Yes
Frequent standing or walking How often does your job involve standing or walking around? Would you say…
0 Never
1 Seldom
2 Sometimes
3 Often
4 Always
STAND STAND in (3,4)=Yes
Frequent workplace secondhand smoke exposure (among non-smokers) DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, while at work, how often were you exposed to tobacco smoke from other people? Would you say…
0 Never
1 Less than twice a week
2 Twice a week or more, but not every day
3 Every da
SMOKEXP TBSMKEXP in (2,3)=Yes

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
High job demands “I have enough time to get the job done.”
1 Strongly agree
2 Agree
3 Disagree
4 Strongly disagree
JOBDMAND JOBDMAND in (3,4)=Yes
Hostile work environment DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, were you threatened, bullied or harassed by anyone while you were on the job?
1 Yes
2 No
HARASSED
Low job control “My job allows me to make a lot of decisions on my own.”
1 Strongly agree
2 Agree
3 Disagree
4 Strongly disagree
JOBCNTRL JOBCNTRL in (3,4)=yes
Low supervisory support “I can count on my supervisor or manager for support when I need it.”
1 Strongly agree
2 Agree
3 Disagree
4 Strongly disagree
JOBSPPRT JOBSPPRT in (3,4)=Yes; Self-employed workers are excluded for this outcome
Poor Safety Climate “The health and safety of workers is a high priority with management where I work.”
1 Strongly agree
2 Agree
3 Disagree
4 Strongly disagree
SAFCLIMT SAFCLIMT in (3,4)=Yes
Work-life interference “The demands of my job interfere with my personal or family life..”
1 Strongly agree
2 Agree
3 Disagree
4 Strongly disagree
WORKWFAM WRK_FAM in (1,2)=Yes
Workplace Perceived as unsafe Overall, how safe do you think your workplace is? Would you say…
1 Very safe
2 Safe
3 Unsafe
4 Very unsafe
SAFETY SAFETY in (3,4)=Yes
Worry about losing job Are you worried about losing your [current, MAIN job]?
1 Yes
2 No
WORUNEMP

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
Frequent Night Work DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, on how many days did you work ANY amount of time between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM?
1 1-5 times
2 6-10 times
3 11-19 times
4 20-30 times
NIGHTFRQ in questionnaire, recoded to NIGHTFRP in public use dataset NIGHTFRP in (2,3,4)=Yes
Non-standard work arrangement-Independent contractor or freelance Which of the following best describes your work arrangement?
1 You work as an independent contractor, independent consultant, or freelance worker
WRKARRNG in questionnaire, recoded to WRKARR_P in public use dataset WRKARR_P=1
Non-standard work arrangement-Temporary Agency or Subcontractor Which of the following best describes your work arrangement?
2 You are paid by a temporary agency OR
work for a contractor who provides workers and services to others under contract
WRKARRNG in questionnaire, recoded to WRKARR_P in public use dataset WRKARR_P=2
Shift work (any alternative shift) Which of the following best describes the hours you usually work?
1 A regular daytime schedule
2 A regular evening shift
3 A regular night shift
4 A rotating shift
WRKSCHED WORKSCHD in (2,3,4)
Supervisory Responsibility Did you supervise other employees as part of your job?
1 Yes
2 No
SUPERVIS

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Subtopic1 Question2 Variable Name3 Notes4
Workplace Health promotion availability In the past year, were health promotion programs made available to you by your employer? Examples of health promotion programs include education about weight management, smoking cessation, screening for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other health risks, and onsite fitness facilities or discounted gym memberships.

1 Yes
2 No

HLTHPROM Self-employed workers are excluded for this outcome
Workplace health promotion participation (when available) How often did you participate in any of these activities in the past year? Would you say…
0 Never
1 Once
2 A few times
3 Monthly
4 Weekly
5 Daily
HPROMPAR HPROMPAR in (1,2,3,4,5)=Yes;
Self-employed workers are excluded for this outcome

[1] Subtopic lists the topics/subtopics/query options included in worker health charts (e.g. employment status, race, gender).
[2] Question provides either the exact wording of the question as administered during the survey or a paraphrase of the question for brevity. When multiple variables were used to create a calculated variable, the original variable name(s) is included in parentheses after the each question, if available.
[3] Variable Name lists the names given by the NHIS program to each variable. When multiple variables were used for Subtopic calculations, all variables are listed.
[4] Notes provide additional information about the variable.

Page last reviewed: July 13, 2018