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Surveillance of Mortality and Morbidity in U.S. Workers
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Surveillance of Mortality and Morbidity in U.S. Workers

    The databases available to examine national patterns and trends of US worker health and safety are out-dated, and in general, incomplete. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is a multipurpose household survey of the US civilian non-institutionalized population conducted annually since 1957 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). From 1986-2007, the NHIS collected demographic, health, and employment data on US workers aged 18 years and older in a probability sampling of the entire US population, with a Mortality Follow Up including cause of death from 1986 through 2002. Using this uniquely representative and large database of the NHIS 1986-2007 surveys with Mortality Follow-Up, the objectives of this Study are to evaluate the time trends for morbidity, and the longitudinal mortality, as well as other issues such as health disparities, associated with occupation for the US worker. In addition, the Research Group is focusing on issues pertaining to the younger worker age 24 years and younger as well as the older worker and aging workforce.
    This Study Website provides the user with access to information concerning the Study resources and results. This information includes:

  • Overall Study Design
  • Descriptions of the Study Investigators
  • Study articles, monographs, abstracts, and presentations
  • Study documentation of this Study definitions and decisions
  • Linkages to the actual National health Interview Survey documentation and databases
  • Linkages to other important resources
  • Green Collar Project

  • The NHIS dataset is anonymous and publicly available through the NCHS with the exception of highly confidential data which is only available in tabular form through the Research Data Center (RDC) of the NCHS after researcher application and NCHS approval; this study has been approved by the University of Miami School of Medicine Human Subjects Committee. This study is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Any comments or questions, please direct to the Study Webmaster at