Codes and Frequencies
HEMHOIDYRC indicates whether the person had chronic hemorrhoids in the past year. This variable is created with supplemental programming by the IPUMS NHIS staff from the pre-1997 condition records. For general information about IHIS variables (such as HEMHOIDYRC) created from the pre-1997 condition records, see the User Note on Condition Records and Condition Variables.
Defining Hemorrhoids Records and Identifying Persons with Hemorrhoids
For all available years, persons who were asked a direct question about having hemorrhoids and who have a chronic hemorrhoids condition record are given a "Yes" code for HEMHOIDYRC. Persons who were asked a direct question about having hemorrhoids but do not have a chronic hemorrhoids record are given a code of "No." Persons who were not asked a direct question about hemorrhoids, or for whom it is unknown whether they were asked such a question, are given a code of "NIU" (not in universe), regardless of whether they have a chronic hemorrhoids record.
For 1972 and 1978-1981, chronic hemorrhoids records were defined as those condition records with a code of "138" ("Hemorrhoids") in the variable DIAGR1 in the original NHIS public use files. This condition code value comes from NCHS's Diagnostic Recode #1: Diseases, Injuries, and Impairments not from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. Additionally, to be considered "chronic," hemorrhoids records must have a code of "1" ("Chronic") in the variable CACODE in the original NHIS public use files.
For 1982-1996, chronic hemorrhoids records were defined as those condition records with a code of "514" ("Hemorrhoids") in the variable C1CONDRC in the original NHIS public use files. This condition code value comes from NCHS's Diagnostic Recode C: Chronic Conditions and Impairments.
For 1972, HEMHOIDYRC should be weighted with PERWEIGHT.
For 1978 to 1996, HEMHOIDYRC should be weighted with CONDWT5.
As with all of the person-level condition variables created by IHIS from condition records prior to 1997, the universe for HEMHOIDYRC is substantially different for 1978 forward than it is for years prior to 1978. Beginning in 1978, only persons living in 1/6 of households, rather than all persons, were asked a direct question about having hemorrhoids in the past year. There is also a minor universe change between the sets of years 1978-1981 and 1982-1996. These changes require that different weight variables be used depending on which years of data are analyzed. See the "Description" tab for details.
Additionally, there is a change in the way "Yes" responses are coded over time. See the User Note on Condition Records and Condition Variables for details about the composite coding scheme employed by IHIS.
- 1972: All persons.
- 1978-1996: Persons living in 1/6 of households (who received Condition List 5).
- 1972, 1978-1996