National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NHANES 2015-2016 Questionnaire Instruments

Questionnaires are administered to NHANES participants both at home and in the MECs. The questionnaires and a brief description of each section follows.

Module Name Document
Interviewer Procedure Manual [PDF - 33 MB]
MEC Interviewer [PDF - 22 MB]

Screener Modules

Module Name Document
Screener Module 1
This is administered on the doorstep. This set of questions determines if anyone in the household is eligible to be in the sample.
[PDF - 157 KB]
Screener Module 2
This establishes the relationship of everyone in the household to everyone else in the household.
[PDF - 58 KB]

Family Questionnaire

Household and family level information is collected here. The sections are labeled to reflect content.

Questionnaire Name Document
Consumer Behavior [PDF - 19 KB]
Demographic Background [PDF - 40 KB]
Family Questionnaire Hand Cards [PDF - 46 KB]
Food Security [PDF - 128 KB]
Housing Characteristics [PDF - 10 KB]
Income [PDF - 142 KB]
Occupation [PDF - 13 KB]
Smoking [PDF - 14 KB]

Sample Person Questionnaire

Individual level information on participants is collected here. The sections are labeled to reflect content. Please note that the Medical Conditions section covers many subject areas.

Questionnaire Name Document
Acculturation [PDF - 24 KB]
Audiometry [PDF - 42 KB]
Blood Pressure [PDF - 20 KB]
Cardiovascular Disease [PDF - 16 KB]
Demographic [PDF - 127 KB]
Dermatology [PDF - 20 KB]
Diabetes [PDF - 49 KB]
Diet Behavior and Nutrition [PDF - 65 KB]
Dietary Supplements and Prescription Medication [PDF - 186 KB]
Disability [PDF - 21 KB]
Early Childhood [PDF - 54 KB]
Health Insurance [PDF - 57 KB]
Hepatitis [PDF - 33 KB]
Hospital Utilization and Access to Care [PDF - 70 KB]
Immunization [PDF - 59 KB]
Kidney Conditions [PDF - 53 KB]
Medical Conditions [PDF - 124 KB]
Occupation [PDF - 84 KB]
Oral Health [PDF - 42 KB]
Physical Activity and Physical Fitness [PDF - 57 KB]
Physical Functioning [PDF - 61 KB]
Sample Person Questionnaire Hand Cards [PDF - 918 KB]
Sleep Disorders [PDF - 16 KB]
Smoking and Tobacco Use [PDF - 54 KB]
Weight History [PDF - 61 KB]

MEC ACASI and CAPI Questionnaires

Audio computer assisted personal self interview (ACASI) and computer assisted personal interview (CAPI) questionnaires are administered in the MEC. During the visit to the examination center additional questions are administered that cover more sensitive areas such as reproductive health and illegal drug use. The sections are labeled to reflect content.

Audio Computer Assisted Personal Self Interview (ACASI) Questionnaire

Questionnaire Name Document
Alcohol Use [PDF - 16 KB]
Drug Use [PDF - 64 KB]
Pubertal Maturation [PDF - 37 KB]
Sexual Behavior [PDF - 193 KB]
Tobacco Use [PDF - 64 KB]

Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) Questionnaire

Questionnaire Name Document
Alcohol Use [PDF - 21 KB]
Current Health Status [PDF - 15 KB]
Depression Screen [PDF - 23 KB]
Kidney [PDF - 23 KB]
Pesticide Use [PDF - 10 KB]
Physical Activity [PDF - 57 KB]
Reproductive Health [PDF - 91 KB]
Tobacco [PDF - 38 KB]
Volatile Toxicants Use [PDF - 97 KB]
Weight History [PDF - 24 KB]

Special Follow-up Questionnaires

Questionnaire Name Document
Flexible Consumer Behavior Survey (FCBS Module) [PDF - 130 KB]


Questionnaire Name Document
24-Hour Dietary Supplement and Antacids Use [PDF - 165 KB]
Dietary Recall [PDF - 41 KB]
Measuring Guides for the Dietary Recall Interview