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National Health Interview Survey survey description
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    The National Health Interview Survey is a cross-sectional household interview survey. The target population for the NHIS is the civilian noninstitutionalized population residing in the United States at the time of the interview. Excluded from the survey are persons in long-term care institutions (for example, nursing homes for the elderly, hospitals for the chronically ill or physically or intellectually disabled, and wards for abused or neglected children), correctional facilities (for example, prisons or jails, juvenile detention centers, and halfway houses), and U.S. nationals living in foreign countries. Active-duty Armed Forces personnel are also excluded from the survey, unless at least one other family member is a civilian eligible for the survey (for example, a child whose parents are both active-duty military). In that case, data for these Armed Forces members (269 persons in 2015) are collected and included in all relevant files in order to aid any analyses pertaining to the family (e.g., family structure, relationships, or income), but these persons are given a final weight of zero so their individual characteristics will not be counted when making national (i.e., weighted) estimates. Weighted estimates cover only the civilian noninstitutionalized household population.

    Dataset_Documentation/NHIS/2015/srvydesc.pdf

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