Summary health statistics for U.S. children; National Health Interview Survey, 2002
Published Date:March 2004
Corporate Authors:National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.) ; National Health Interview Survey (U.S.) ;
Child Health Services
Child Health Services/Statistics/United States
Health Status/Adolescent/Tables/United States
Health Status/Child/Tables/United States
Health Status/Infant/Tables/United States
Health Surveys/Adolescent/Tables/United States
Health Surveys/Child/Tables/United States
Health Surveys/Infant/Tables/United States
Series:Vital and health statistics. Series 10, Data from the National Health Survey ; no. 221
DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2004-1549
Description:OBJECTIVES:This report presents both age-adjusted and unadjusted statistics from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey on selected health measures for children under 18 years of age, classified by sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, family structure, parent's education, family income, poverty status, health insurance coverage, place of residence, region, and current health status. The topics covered are asthma, allergies, learning disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), use of prescription medication, respondent-assessed health status, school-loss days, usual place of health care, time since last contact with a health care professional, unmet dental needs, time since last dental contact, and selected measures of health care access.
SOURCE OF DATA: The NHIS is a multistage probability sample survey conducted annually by interviewers of the U.S. Census Bureau for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics and is representative of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Data are collected during face-to-face interviews with adults present at the time of interview. Information about children is collected for one randomly selected child per family in face-to-face interviews with an adult proxy respondent familiar with the child's health.
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS: In 2002, most U.S. children under 18 years of age had excellent or very good health (84%). However, 10% of children had no health insurance coverage, and 5% of children had no usual place of health care. Twelve percent of children had ever been diagnosed with asthma. An estimated 8% of children 3-17 years of age had a learning disability, and an estimated 7% of children had ADHD.
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