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Resources: Data

Data files from the National Center for Health Statistics

The National Center for Health Statistics offers downloadable public-use data files through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FTP file server. Data sets, documentation and questionnaires from NCHS surveys and data collection systems are available. Among the data available:

  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • National Health Care Survey
  • National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey
  • National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery
  • National Home and Hospice Care Survey
  • National Employer Health Insurance Survey
  • National Vital Statistics System
  • Natality
  • Mortality
  • U.S. Census populations with bridged race categories
  • Linked Birth/Infant Death
  • Fetal Death
  • National Mortality Followback Survey
  • National Survey of Family Growth
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • National Immunization Survey
  • Longitudinal Studies of Aging

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