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National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) takes a close look at the health and functional status of children with special health care needs in the U.S.—their physical, emotional and behavioral health, along with critical information on access to quality health care, care coordination of services, access to a medical home, transition services for youth, and the impact of chronic condition(s) on the child’s family.  

The Data Resource Center takes the results from the NS-CSHCN and makes them easily accessible to parents, researchers, community health providers and anyone interested in maternal and child health. Data on this site are for the nation and each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. State and national data can be further refined to assess differences by race/ethnicity, income, type of health insurance, and a variety of other important demographic and health status characteristics.

The survey provides a broad range of information about the health and well-being of CSHCN collected in a standardized manner that allows comparisons across states as well as comparisons with the nation. It also serves to complement the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) by providing in-depth data on the unique health experiences of children with special health care needs (CSHCN).

The NS-CSHCN is a telephone survey conducted by the National Center of Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control under the direction and sponsorship of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Survey results are weighted to represent the population of non-institutionalized children ages 0-17 who are classified as having one or more special health care needs (CSHCN) nationally and in each state. Click here for more detailed information about how the survey is conducted.