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                      PROVISIONAL DATA FILE

                       Read Carefully before Using

The Public Health Service Act (Section 308 (d)) provides that the data
collected by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may be used only for the
purpose of health statistical reporting and analysis.

Any effort to determine the identity of any reported case is prohibited
by this law.

NCHS does all it can to assure that the identity of data subjects cannot
be disclosed.  All direct identifiers, as well as any characteristics 
that might lead to identification, are omitted from the data set.  Any
intentional identification or disclosure of a person or establishment
violates the assurances of confidentiality given to the providers of the
information.  Therefore, users will:

       1.  Use the data in this data set for statistical reporting and
           analysis only.

       2.  Make no use of the identity of any person or establishment
           discovered inadvertently and advise the Director, NCHS, of any
           such discovery.

       3.  Not link this data set with individually identifiable data from
           other NCHS or non-NCHS data sets.

By using these data, you signify your agreement to comply with the 
above-stated statutorily based requirements.
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The 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey (NMFS) is the sixth mortality
followback survey conducted by NCHS.  The multi-component survey focuses on a
national representative sample of individuals aged 15 years and over who died
in 1993.  Forty-nine of the 50 State vital registration areas granted approval
to sample their death certificates.  The independent vital registration areas
of the District of Columbia and New York City also gave permission to sample
their death certificates.  South Dakota declined to participate in the NMFS
due to state law restricting the use of death certificate information.  Data
for the 1993 NMFS are therefore representative of individuals aged 15 years or
older who were residing and died in the United States in 1993, excluding South

The files listed below comprise the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey (NMFS)
provisional data release.  The provisional data files are  in ASCII format.  The documentation
files  are in WordPerfect 6.1 format and the survey instruments are in .pdf format.  We also
included the following files in ASCII format:  a SAS input file ;  a variable list with labels; sample
SAS and SUDAAN programs; a list of anaylsts and their research interests; a list of publication
from previous NMFSs;ICD-9 codes; and the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 software.
Filename:      Description:
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Readme.txt      Summary of CD-ROM contents

NMFS.dat       The 1993 NMFS provisional data file 

Ar32e301.exe        (Adobe Acroba Reader 3.0) To install, type install at the dos prompt and          
follow the instructions.  Note: The Acrobat Reader 3.0 software can be  downloaded
from the Adobe Acrobat Web site at:
Documentation       Folder/directory containing record layout 
 docppub1.wpd       Background and Introduction -  WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 - 555 KB,     
                               Pages i-cxxiv
 docppub2.wpd       File layout, WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 -  472 KB, Pages 1-100
 docppub3.wpd       File layout, WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 -  509 KB, Pages 101-209
 docppub4.wpd       File layout, WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 -  287 KB, Pages 210-270
 docppub5.wpd       File layout, WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 -  307 KB, Pages 271-340
   sampdsn.wpd       File layout, WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 -      3 KB

SAS PROGRAMS   Folder/directory containing a SAS input file and programs
   Infile.txt                SAS input file
   Varlist.txt             A list of variables and labels
    program1.txt       A sample SAS program that outputs unweighted frequencies
    program2.txt       A sample SAS program that outputs weighted frequencies
    program3.txt       A sample Sudaan program
Analysts                  Folder/directory containing an analyst list and publications
   anallist.txt            list of analysts who have analyzied previous NMFSs
   analjoin.txt          An invitation to join the analysts list
   pubarts.txt           a list of publications from previous NMFSs

INSTRUMENTS    Folder/directory containing the survey instruments 
                               (Note:The survey instruments are in .pdf format and can be viewed only          
                               with Adobe Acrobat 3.0.). 

   proxy.pdf             Respondent Questionnaire                 .PDF -   8 MB     
   mec.pdf               Medical Examiner/Coroner Abstract  .PDF -   200 KB

Overview of the File Structure

The 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey (NMFS) public use provisional
data file contains 22,957 records with a length of 2,623.  Each record contains
data for a single decedent.  The contents of the file are described in detail
in the file documentation which also contains question text, and weighted and
unweighted frequencies for each variable.   Each record is divided into four
parts.  These parts contain control and sampling information, death
certificate data, proxy respondent questionnaire data, and multiple cause of
death data.  Each part is further sub-divided into groups of related

Part I -- Control and Sample

     Item Group                                                  File location

     Control number                                                 1 - 6
     Sample and weighting                                       7 - 31

Part II -- Death Certificate

     Item group                                                   File location

     Demographic and socio-economic                    31 - 73
     Injury and underlying cause of death                 74 - 103

Part III -- Proxy Respondent Questionnaire                     

     Item group                                                   File location

     A.   Introductory                                            114 - 285
     B.   Utilization of services                              286 - 476
     C.   Payment sources                                      477 - 516
     D.   Access to care                                         517 - 550
     E.  Conditions                                                551 - 907
     F.   Cognitive functioning                              908 - 919
     G.  Activities of daily living (ADL) and
           instrumental ADL                                    920 - 1208
     H.  Assistive devices                                    1209 - 1224
     I.   Medical devices                                      1225 - 1508
     J.   Health indicators                                    1509 - 1514
     K.  Motor vehicle and driving behavior        1515 - 1578
     L.  Tobacco use                                           1579 - 1607
     M. Alcoholic beverages                                1608 - 1724
     N.  Drugs                                                     1725 - 1826
     O.  Firearms                                                 1827 - 1878
     P.   Demographic information                      1879 - 1947
     Q.  Industry and occupation                         1948 - 2020
     R.  Place of death and circumstances of 
          injury                                                       2021 - 2132
     S.  Organ donor                                            2133 - 2204
     T.  Activities                                                 2205 - 2224
     U.  Life events                                              2225 - 2254
     V.  Problem behaviors                                  2255 - 2314

Section III -- continued

     Item group                                                  File location

     W. Income and assets                               2315 - 2398
     X.  Respondent background                     2399 - 2415
     Y.  Authorizations                                    2416 - 2429

Section IV -- Multiple Cause of Death

     Item group                                              File location

     1.   Entity-Axis conditions                        2430 - 2536
     2.   Record-Axis conditions                      2537 - 2613

More detailed information on the survey background, data preparation and
processing, sample weights, methodological notes, sample SAS and SUDAAN
procedures (including a SAS INFILE), variable lists, and file formats and
response frequencies is contained in the Public Use Data File Documentation,
1993 National Mortality Followback Survey -- Provisional Data available
through the NCHS or NMFS Internet sites given below.


For questions concerning the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey

     James F. Spitler
     National Mortality Followback Survey Team Leader
     Mortality Statistics Branch
     Division of Vital Statistics
     National Center for Health Statistics
     6525 Belcrest Road, Room 804
     Hyattsville, MD 20782    
     Phone: 301-436-7464 ext. 160
     Fax:  301-436-7066
     Chester Scott
     National Mortality Followback Survey Team staff
     Mortality Statistics Branch   
     Division of Vital Statistics
     National Center for Health Statistics
     6525 Belcrest Road, Room 804
     Hyattsville, MD 20782    
     Phone: 301-436-8884 ext. 163
     Fax:  301-436-7066
     Hsiang-Ching Kung
     National Mortality Followback Survey Team staff
     Mortality Statistics Branch   
     Division of Vital Statistics
     National Center for Health Statistics
     6525 Belcrest Road, Room 804
     Hyattsville, MD 20782    
     Phone: 301-436-8884 ext. 173
     Fax:  301-436-7066

For additional information on NCHS data products, contact the:

                   Data Dissemination Branch, NCHS
                   6525 Belcrest Road.
                   Hyattsville, MD 20782
                   Tel: (301) 436-8500 

Statement of Authenticity

This material has been cleared for public distribution by CDC/ATSDR and will be authentic if
obtained directly from  CDC/ATSDR takes all effort to assure the authenticity of
electronically distributed documents.  However, in all instances where the electronic and official
agency record differ, the authenticity of the official agency record is controlling.


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