Tag Archives: Health

Historical Urban Ecological Data – Lead?

Historical Urban Ecological Data, 1830-1930, is a dataset available from ICPSR.  With lead contamination now in the news in Newark, NJ as well as Flint, MI, this may be a timely resource.

The HUE data covers seven cities (Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cincinnati, Manhattan, and Philadelphia) for the years 1830 to 1930 and provides detailed disease reports by location, and includes in-street sewer and water sanitation systems.  Pretty good bet those were lead pipes.

Integrated Health Interview Series

The Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) has recently released 4000 new harmonized variables from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 1969 to 2009 (at http://www.ihis.us ). Funded by NIH and carried out at the Minnesota Population Center, the IHIS project is designed to make it easier for researchers to access and use multiple years of U.S. national survey data on health status, health behaviors, and health care by consistently coding and fully documenting variables across time. IHIS data are disseminated for free through a Web-based extraction system that allows researchers to create a customized file with only the years and variables they need. Recently added topic areas include survivorship of survey respondents, child and adult mental health, cancer family history, adult physical activity, and use of complementary and alternative medicine by children and adults.

Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset

Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset is now available from the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), is a multi-site longitudinal, epidemiologic study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. The study examines the physical, biological, psychological, and social changes during this transitional period. The goal of SWAN’s research is to help scientists, health care providers, and women learn how mid-life experiences affect health and quality of life during aging. The data include questions about doctor visits, medical conditions, medications, treatments, medical procedures, relationships, smoking, and menopause related information such as age at pre-, peri- and post-menopause, self-attitudes, feelings, and common physical problems associated with menopause.

Note this is restricted data, requiring the completion of a user agreement, and is distributed on CD-ROM

National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007

National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007 (NHCCS) was reintroduced into the field in 2007 after a 7-year break. Data collected on home health patients and hospice discharges, available in medical records, included age, sex, race and ethnicity, services received, length of time since admission, diagnoses, medications taken, advance directives, and many other items. The National Home Health Aide Survey (NHHAS), the first national probability survey of home health aides, was designed to provide national estimates of home health aides employed by agencies that provide home health and/or hospice care. The NHHAS survey instrument included sections on recruitment, training, job history, family life, management and supervision, client relations, organizational commitment and job satisfaction, workplace environment, work-related injuries, and demographics.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), new restricted data

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) has released several new waves of data.

Add Health is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-1995 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with three in-home interviews, the most recent in 2001-2002, when the sample was aged 18-26. Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological, and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood.

These are:
1994-2002: Wave III Alcohol Outlet Density
This Add Health data file measures the prevalence of alcohol outlets in respondent communities by reporting the tract-level density of establishments possessing on- and/or off-premise alcohol licenses. Alcohol outlet licensing data was gathered from individual states from September 2006 through June 2007. The physical address and the alcohol license category for each outlet were obtained when available.

1990-2004: Political Context Database
The Add Health Political Context Database provides an array of measures that describe the political environments in which Add Health respondents reside and, thereby, enables researchers to explore the role of certain contextual influences on adolescent and early adult political behaviors.

1994-2002: Medication Files
The files contained in this component of the Add Health restricted data include the type of medication used by participants during Wave IV.

These are restricted use data, and users must complete a restricted use agreement in order to use the data.  The Libraries’ Secure Data Facility can be used to as a secure location to host the data once acquired by the researcher.

New York City Community Health Survey, 2003

The New York City Community Health Survey, 2003 is a telephone survey of a representative sample of 9,802 adults age 18 years and older living in the 5 boroughs of New York City. This study is comprised of two parts: Part 1, Public Use Survey Data, and Part 2, Public Use Smoking Supplement Data. Part 1 contains questions regarding general health status, mental health, health care access, cardiovascular health, diabetes, asthma, immunizations, nutrition, physical activity, HIV, and sexual behavior. Part 2 focuses on smoking habits of respondents, second hand smoke exposure, and alcohol consumption. Demographic information was also collected.

Note: data now available through 2007.

National Health Interview Survey, 2009

The National Health Interview Survey, 2009 is the latest in this series, which collects information on illnesses, health conditions, hospital visits and health care utilization, demographics, and other variables.

It is a part of the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), which continues to add older studies as well, such as the 1965, 1966, and 1967
Health Interview surveys recently released.

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2007

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2007 provides data from samples of patient records selected from emergency departments (EDs) and outpatient departments (OPDs) of a national sample of hospitals. The resulting national estimates describe the use of hospital ambulatory medical care services in the United States. For the 2007 survey, data were collected from 202 OPDs and 432 EDs. Among the variables included are age, race, and sex of the patient, reason for the visit, physician’s diagnoses, cause of injury, surgical procedures (OPDs only), medication therapy, and expected source of payment.

Prescription for Health Evaluation: Practice Information Form Data, 2005-2007

Prescription for Health Evaluation: Practice Information Form Data, 2005-2007, is part of the Prescription for Health initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The initiative encourages primary care practice-based research networks to develop innovative strategies to change health risk behaviors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, exercise).

This file contains information about the following variables for study participants: practice type and ownership; characteristics of each clinician and non-clinician staff person; number of vacancies for clinicians and non clinicians; number of exam rooms and volume of office visits; average number of new patients per month; percentages of patients in various age, race, Hispanic origin, and payer categories; and the predominant type of payment arrangement with health plans.

This study is part of the Health and Medical Care Archive, the Data Archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

New York City Community Health Survey, 2002

New York City Community Health Survey, 2002 is a telephone survey conducted annually by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The CHS provides robust data on the health of New Yorkers, including neighborhood, borough and citywide estimates on a broad range of chronic diseases and behavioral risk factors.