The following surveys may contain information which may be useful for cancer epidemiology studies.

NCI Surveys

Other U.S. Government Agency Health-Related Surveys

  • American Time Use Survey
    This survey, conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, is designed to collect information on how Americans spend their time on work, household chores, child care, recreation and other activities.
    • 2006-2008 Eating and Health Module of the ATUS
      This module, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with assistance from NCI staff, includes statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Data are also presented on measures of the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population by time spent in various activities.
    • Metabolic Equivalent of Task Values for Activities in ATUS and 2002 Census Occupational Classification System
      This NCI web page contains tables from a 2009 publication on ATUS activities and a 2011 publication on OCS activities.
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    The world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)External Web Site Policy
    CHIS is the largest state health survey in the United States. It provides population-based, standardized health-related data from 55,000 households selected from all 58 counties in California. CHIS is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Care Services.
  • National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
    The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) is a national survey designed to collect information about ambulatory medical care services in the United States.
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
    MEPS is conducted in conjunction with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Opinion Research Center. It consists of four components: 1) Household Component, 2) Nursing Home Component, 3) Medical Provider Component, and 4) Insurance Component.
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
    NHANES is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Pharmacoepidemiologic data available from NHANES includes drug etiology, drug utilization, and population cancer burden. Access to NHANES data is free after NCHS publication.
  • National Health Care Surveys
    These surveys encompass a family of health care provider surveys, including information about the facilities that supply health care, the services rendered, and the characteristics of the patients served.
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Cancer Control Supplement
    The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is a continuous nationwide in-person survey of approximately 35,000 households conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Cancer Control Supplement is administered every five years and focuses on issues pertaining to knowledge, attitudes, and practices of cancer-related health behaviors, screening, and risk assessment.
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey
    Information collected includes diagnoses, surgical and nonsurgical procedures, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, immunizations, allergy shots, anesthetics, and dietary supplements.
  • National Natality Survey/National Maternal and Infant Health Survey (NMIHS)
    The survey provides data on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of mothers, prenatal care, pregnancy history, occupational background, health status of mother and infant, and types and sources of medical care received.
  • National Nursing Home Survey
    The National Nursing Home Survey provides includes characteristics such as size of nursing home facilities, ownership, Medicare/Medicaid certification, occupancy rate, number of days of care provided, and expenses. Data are obtained on demographic characteristics, health status, medications, and services received. Residents' medical records are used to provide information on health and functional status.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
    The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual risk behaviors, unhealthy dietary behaviors, physical inactivity, and measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

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