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The purpose of this paper is to examine the information on the population with disabilities in a nationally representative survey conducted by the National Center on Health Statistics called the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The paper provides a description of the disability information available in the NHIS and how the data may be used to assess the employment, economic well being and health of the population. Descriptive statistics from the 2002 NHIS public use files are used to illustrate the type of analysis that will be useful to researchers and policymakers.


Suggested Citation: Harris, B.H., Hendershot, G., & Stapleton, D.C. (2005, October). A Guide to Disability Statistics from the National Health Interview Survey. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

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