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Physicians in Massachusetts: Views of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law, 2009 (ICPSR 31001)

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The goal of this survey was to assess physicians' perceptions of the impact that the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform had had on their practices and their patients. To that end, the survey interviewed physicians in Massachusetts about their views in three areas: their overall support for the legislation, their views of its effectiveness on their own practices, and their views of its effects on health care throughout the state. Information on physician characteristics collected by the survey includes gender, race, Hispanic origin, specialty, year of graduation from medical school, type of practice setting, practice ownership, number of physicians in practice, number of beds in the hospital where most patients were admitted, percent of time spent on direct patient care, percent of patients on Medicaid or uninsured, percent of patients on Medicare, percent of patients belonging to minority groups, and ZIP code.

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Study Description

Citation

Blendon, Robert J., and Gillian K. SteelFisher. Physicians in Massachusetts: Views of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law, 2009. ICPSR31001-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-06. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31001.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (66869)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   health care access, health care reform, health insurance, physician practice, physicians

Geographic Coverage:   Massachusetts, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2009-08-11--2009-09-15

Date of Collection:  

  • 2009-08-11--2009-09-15

Universe:   Physicians in Massachusetts.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:  

The survey interviewed a random sample of physicians obtained from the SK&A database, a comprehensive list of physicians based on published association and trade directories as well as federal and state license files.

Physicians were invited to participate in the study by means of a mailed letter and were offered an incentive ranging from $50 to $100 for completing the survey. The incentive amount was determined by the physician's specialty, as is standard practice in polls of physicians. All respondents were offered the opportunity to complete the poll by mail, Web, or telephone; all chose mail or Web. More physicians wanted to participate in the poll than expected, so the survey allowed those who wanted to complete the poll after the survey deadline to submit their responses with the understanding that they would not be provided with an incentive.

Mode of Data Collection:   mail questionnaire, telephone interview, web-based survey

Response Rates:   28 percent

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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