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Dataset: National Survey of Early Childhood Health (NSECH)

Basic Information
Dataset Full Name National Survey of Early Childhood Health
Dataset Acronym NSECH
Summary The NCHS is a CATI based survey fielded in 2000 that provides baseline data on pediatric care and its impact from the parents' perspectives at the national level. Questions focus on pediatric care delivery to families with children under 3 years of age, and the promotion of young children’s health by their families. The interview asks whether the child has experienced asthma, ear infections, eczema/skin allergies, and food/digestive allergies, as well as whether the child has special health care needs.
Key Terms Early Childhood Health, State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS), pediatric care, health provider contacts, quality of care, child development
Study Design Cross-Sectional
Data Type(s) Survey
Sponsoring Agency/Entity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Health Conditions/Disability Measures
Health Condition(s)

Anxiety disorders (parent), Depression (parent), Pulmonary disorders

Disability Measures NA
Measures/Outcomes of Interest
Topics Healthcare Utilization, Parental Perception of Pediatric Care, Interactions with Healthcare Providers, Family Interactions and Home Safety, Parental and Child Health, Financial Welfare and Health Insurance, Demographic and Household Information
Sample Population Households containing children ages 4-35 months
Sample Size/Notes 2,068 interviews
Unit of Observation Individual
Continent(s) North America

United States

Geographic Coverage National
Geographic Specificity Census Bureau region
Special Population(s)


Data Collection
Data Collection Mode Survey
Years Collected 2000
Data Collection Frequency One-time survey
Strengths and Limitations
Strengths Study supports preventive healthcare model. Spanish translation of questionnaire administered where necessary. Provides parents' perspective on pediatric care, child's development and abilities. Sample collection method designed to ensure representation from all geographic areas of the United States and oversamples black non-Hispanic and Hispanic minority populations.
Limitations Very limited disability and medical condition information. Parental concern measures regarding child development/abilities may not reflect child development issues but rather parental issues.
Data Details
Primary Website https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits/nsech.htm
Data Access https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits/nsech.htm
Data Access Requirements Public Use Dataset
Summary Tables/Reports https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_15/sr15_003.pdf
Data Components NA
Selected Papers
Other Papers https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits/slaits_products.htm#NSECH2000
Technical https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_01/sr01_040.pdf
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