Survey Methods and Documentation

Choose from one of the following to learn more in-depth information about the surveys:

Guide to Changes across Survey Years

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National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs - 2001, 2005/06  and 2009/10

National Survey of Children's Health - 2003, 2007, and 2011/12

For more details on the NSCH or NS-CSHCN, see Guide to Topics and Questions and Full-length Survey Instruments.

Survey Sampling & Administration Process

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A picture is worth a thousand words. These one-page diagrams summarize the sampling and administration steps for the national surveys.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

National Survey of Children's Health

Full Length Survey Instruments

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Both the NSCH and NS-CSHCN use Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) to conduct the surveys. The full length instruments are available in English and Spanish.

National Survey of Children's Health

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Survey Design and Operations Manuals

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Design and Operations Manuals are technical reports authored by the National Center for Health Statistics which describe the methodological details of survey sampling and data collection procedures.

National Survey of Children's Health

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Methods for analyzing complex sample survey data

Presentation from the National Center for Health Statistics  with guidelines and examples of SAS, SUDAAN and STATA code for obtaining estimates of variability and statistical significance from the NSCH and NS-CSHCN. (document non-508 compliant).

SAS & SPSS Codebooks

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The codebooks below are developed by the Data Resource Center. These codebooks provide the SPSS or SAS syntax and documentation used to create all major indicators and subgroup variables that are displayed on the Data Resource Center interactive data query. For NSCH Codebooks, syntax is provided to create over 80 Key Child Health Indicators and demographic groups. For NS-CSHCN Codebooks, syntax is provided to create the 15 Child Health Indicators and the six Maternal and Child Health Bureau Outcome measures plus demographic subgroups. For additional information on variable construction, please see our Ask a Question feature. 

National Survey of Children's Health

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Survey Methods and Documentation for the NHIS   [return to top]