[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 129 (Thursday, July 3, 2008)]
[Pages 38224-38225]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-15183]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy 
of data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports 
Clearance Officer on 404-639-5960 or send comments to CDC Assistant 
Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS D-74, Atlanta, GA 
30333 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 
days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)--
(0920-0237)--Revision--National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    Section 306 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 
242k), as amended, authorizes that the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services (DHHS), acting through NCHS, shall collect statistics on the 
extent and nature of illness and disability; environmental, social and 
other health hazards; and determinants of health of the population of 
the United States. This three-year clearance request includes the data 
collection in 2009 and 2010 and data planning and testing activities 
for 2011-2012 data collection.
    The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) was 
conducted periodically between 1970 and 1994, and continuously since 
1999 by the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. Almost 19,000 
persons are screened, with about 5,000 participants interviewed and 
examined annually. Participation in NHANES is completely voluntary and 
    NHANES programs produce descriptive statistics which measure the 
health and nutrition status of the general population. Through the use 
of questionnaires, physical examinations, and laboratory tests, NHANES 
studies the relationship between diet, nutrition and health in a 
representative sample of the United States. NHANES monitors the 
prevalence of chronic conditions and risk factors related to health 
such as arthritis, asthma, osteoporosis, infectious diseases, diabetes, 
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, drug and 
alcohol use, physical activity, environmental exposures, and diet. 
NHANES data are used to produce national reference data on height, 
weight, and nutrient levels in the blood. Results from more recent 
NHANES can be compared to findings reported from previous surveys to 
monitor changes in the health of the U.S. population over time. NHANES 
continues to collect genetic material on a national probability sample 
for future genetic research aimed at understanding disease 
susceptibility in the U.S. population.
    NHANES data users include the U.S. Congress; the World Health 
Organization; numerous Federal agencies such as the National Institutes 
of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States 
Department of Agriculture; private groups such as the American Heart 
Association; schools of public health; private businesses; individual 
practitioners; and administrators. NHANES data are used to establish, 
monitor, and/or evaluate recommended dietary allowances, food 
fortification policies, environmental exposures, immunization 
guidelines and health education and disease prevention programs. This 
submission requests approval for three years.
    There is no cost to respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
               Type of respondent                   respondents    responses per   response (in        hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
1. NHANES respondents...........................          18,813               1               2          37,626
2. Special study/pretest participants...........           4,000               1               3          12,000
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    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............          49,626

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    Dated: June 27, 2008.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Science Officer, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E8-15183 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]