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Survey Methods and Analytic Guidelines

Plan and Operations

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Plan and Operations, 1999–2010 [PDF - 451 KB] August 2013
Plan and Operation of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-94 [PDF - 20 MB] July 1994
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: National Youth Fitness Survey Plan, Operations, and Analysis, 2012 [PDF - 1.1 MB] April 2014

Sample Design

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample Design, 2011–2014 [PDF- 2.3 MB] March 2014
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample Design, 2007–2010 [PDF – 1.04 MB] August 2013
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample Design, 1999–2006 [PDF - 950 KB] May 2012

Estimation and Weighting Procedures

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Estimation Procedures, 2007-2010 [PDF - 307 KB] August 2013

Analytic Guidelines

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Analytic Guidelines, 2011-2012 [PDF – 108 KB] Septembe, 2013
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Analytic Guidelines, 1999-2010 [PDF – 237 KB] September 2013
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: National Youth Fitness Survey Plan, Operations, and Analysis, 2012 [PDF - 1.1 MB] April 2014

Previous Versions of Analytic Guidelines

Description Documentation Published
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Analytic and Reporting Guidelines [PDF - 48 KB] Updated September 2006
Analytic Note Regarding 2007-2010 Survey Design Changes and Combining Data Across other Survey Cycles [PDF – 20 KB] September 2011
NHANES Analytic Guidelines - June 2004 Version [PDF - 28 KB] June 2004
NHANES 1999-2000 Addendum to the NHANES III Analytic Guidelines [PDF - 192 KB] Updated August 2002
Analytic and Reporting Guidelines: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES III (1988-94) [PDF - 182 KB] October 1996

Other Resources for Analysts

Description Documentation
Survey Contents [PDF – 2.6 MB]
NHANES Data Release and Access Policy [PDF - 48 KB]
Response Rates and Population Totals
NHANES Web Tutorial
Suggested NHANES Citation for Use in Publications
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