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National Study of Internal Medicine, Physician Practice Study, Phase III, 1981 (ICPSR 8301) RSS

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Summary:

This data collection contains information on the practices of young internists in order to understand the determinants of different practice styles, especially the relationship between training and practice, and to compare the practices of four groups of physicians: (1) general internists with traditional residencies, (2) general internists who received their residency training in special primary care tracks, (3) family physicians, and (4) subspecialty internists. The study queried a national sample of residents and fellows who were in training during 1976-1977 about their current positions, activities, patients, physician-patient relationships, family backgrounds, and educational training histories. Patients of these doctors were also surveyed. Demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, educational level, work status, marital status, and income, were recorded for the patient respondents. Background information on physicians includes family, educational history, and income.

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  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Patient Questionnaire - Download All Files (41.1 MB)
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DS2:  Locator-Screener - Download All Files (41 MB)
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DS3:  Physician Questionnaire - Download All Files (41.1 MB)
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DS4:  Inpatient Encounter Form - Download All Files (43.5 MB)
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DS5:  Outpatient Encounter Form - Download All Files (51.1 MB)
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DS6:  Physician Sample - Download All Files (40.5 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Schleiter, Mary Kay, and Alvin R. Tarlov. National Study of Internal Medicine, Physician Practice Study, Phase III, 1981. ICPSR08301-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08301.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRS: 232-80-0032)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ: 5970)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   medical care, medical education, medical specializations, patient care, patients, physician patient relationship, physician practice, physicians, primary care, professionalism, teaching hospitals, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1981

Universe:   General internists with traditional residencies, general internists who received their residency training in special primary care tracks, family physicians, and subspecialty internists in the United States in 1976-1977.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   Stratified national sample of 691 physicians screened from approximately 1,600.

Data Source:

Locator-Screener data: telephone interviews. All other data: mailback questionnaires

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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