National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NHANES 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 - 20.8 MB] July 1994
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: National Youth Fitness Survey Plan, Operations, and Analysis, 2012 [PDF - 1.08 MB] April 2014

Sample Design

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample Design, 2011–2014 [PDF- 2.25 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 - 949 KB] May 2012

Estimation and Weighting Procedures

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Estimation procedures, 2011–2014 [PDF - 2.82 MB] January 2018
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Estimation Procedures, 2007-2010 [PDF - 306 KB] August 2013

Analytic Guidelines

Description Documentation Published
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Analytic Guidelines, 2011-2016 [PDF – 291 KB] December 2018
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Impact of Declining Response Rates on Nonresponse Bias, 2013 – 2016, Executive Summary [PDF – 103 KB] December 2018
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Analytic Guidelines, 1999-2010 [PDF – 734 KB] September 2013
Analytic and Reporting Guidelines: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES III (1988-94) [PDF - 182 KB] October 1996
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: National Youth Fitness Survey Plan, Operations, and Analysis, 2012 [PDF - 1.08 MB] April 2014
Previous Versions
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Analytic Guidelines, 2011-2012 [PDF – 109 KB] September 2013
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Analytic and Reporting Guidelines [PDF - 47.5 KB] Updated September 2006
Analytic Note Regarding 2007-2010 Survey Design Changes and Combining Data Across other Survey Cycles [PDF – 18.5 KB] September 2011
NHANES Analytic Guidelines - June 2004 Version [PDF - 27.8 KB] June 2004
NHANES 1999-2000 Addendum to the NHANES III Analytic Guidelines [PDF - 191 KB] Updated August 2002

Other Resources for Analysts

Description Documentation
Survey Contents [PDF – 2.56 MB]
NHANES Data Release and Access Policy [PDF - 47.5 KB]
Response Rates and Population Totals
NHANES Web Tutorial
Suggested NHANES Citation for Use in Publications
Page last reviewed: 10/30/2018