Technology Description: The U.S. National Health Interview Survey (HHIS) Public Use Data files cover topics similar to some of those employed by the Quality of Well-Being Scale (QWB) instrument. The QWB develops a single, overall expression of Well-being on a scale running from 0.0 (for death) to 1.0 (for asymptomatic full function). The NHIS Public Use Data, however, produces no single overall score, but frequencies in each of several different categories of dysfunction. The Quality of Well-Being Scale, Extended #1 (QWBXI) provides a single estimated QWB-like score for each individual in the NHIS survey, derived from the NHIS data.
The QWBX1 score might be used, after matching by case ID# with other NHIS data files, to estimate the burden of particular diseases or conditions on the U.S. population. Other uses are quite possible. Estimated QWBX1 scores have currently been generated for the years 1982-1994 and are available by individual year or groups of years.
Case Number: SD2000-826
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