NHANES I Epidemiologic Followup Study (NHEFS) Public-Use Data Files

The NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS) is a national longitudinal study that was jointly initiated by the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Institute on Aging in collaboration with other agencies of the Public Health Service. The NHEFS was designed to investigate the relationships between clinical, nutritional, and behavioral factors assessed in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey NHANES I and subsequent morbidity, mortality, and hospital utilization, as well as changes in risk factors, functional limitation, and institutionalization.

The NHEFS cohort includes all persons 25-74 years of age who completed a medical examination at NHANES I in 1971-75 (n = 14,407). It is comprised of a series of follow-up studies, four of which have been conducted to date. The first wave of data collection was conducted for all members of the NHEFS cohort from 1982 through 1984. It included tracing the cohort; conducting personal interviews with subjects or their proxies; measuring pulse rate, weight, and blood pressure of surviving participants; collecting hospital and nursing home records of overnight stays; and collecting death certificates of decedents.

Continued follow-up of the NHEFS population was conducted in 1986, 1987, and 1992 using the same design and data collection procedures developed in the 1982-84 NHEFS, with the exception that a 30-minute computer-assisted telephone interview was administered rather than a personal interview; and no physical measurements were taken. The 1986 NHEFS was conducted for members of the NHEFS cohort who were 55-74 years of age at their baseline examination and not known to be deceased at the 1982-84 NHEFS (n = 3,980). The 1987 NHEFS was conducted for the entire nondeceased NHEFS cohort (n = 11,750). The fourth wave of data collection, the 1992 NHEFS, includes the entire nondeceased NHEFS cohort (n = 11,195). Tracing and data-collection rates in the NHEFS have been very high. Ninety-six percent of the study population has been successfully traced at some point through the 1992 follow-up. Tracing rates for each completed wave ranged from 90 to 94 percent and interview rates ranged from 91 to 96 percent of those traced.

See more information at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/nhefs/nhefs.htm

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