Epidemiol Health.  2021;43(1):e2021025. 10.4178/epih.e2021025.

Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 20th anniversary: accomplishments and future directions

Affiliations
  • 1Division of Health and Nutrition Survey and Analysis, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Cheongju, Korea
  • 2Division of Healthcare Association Infection Control, Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Immunization, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Cheongju, Korea
  • 3Public Health Medical Service Office, Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea
  • 4Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Cheongju, Korea

Abstract

The Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) was initiated in 1998 to provide evidence for the development and evaluation of health policies and programs. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency is responsible for the KNHANES and has conducted it as a series of surveys. Over the past 20 years, efforts to produce accurate, timely, and nationwide health statistics have been refined by establishing a continuous annual survey system with full-time field staff, incrementally expanding survey components, collaborating with relevant academic societies for quality control, and revising the survey methods. Additionally, the utility of the collected data was increased by linking the KNHANES data with related data from other government agencies or institutions and making the overall data publicly available on the official website of KNHANES (https://knhanes.kdca.go.kr). Additional long-term plans are being developed, including plans to continue producing nationwide health indicators and invigorating the utilization of the KNHANES data.

Keyword

Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Health behaviors, Nutrition assessment, Chronic disease indicators
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