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This data collection effort was undertaken in order to determine what kinds of program development strategies prove most effective for health care programs in different communities, specifically those defined as rural. Effectiveness of these programs was measured in terms of patient access to medical care, stability of the health care programs, and the impact of the programs on those they serve. General areas investigated in the surveys include program developmental methods, administrative structure, community setting, provider characteristics, financial policy, range of services offered, and consumer satisfaction.

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  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are freely available.


WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Tier I Questionnaire - Download All Files (18.6 MB)
DS2:  Tier II Telephone Survey - Download All Files (18.3 MB)
DS3:  Tier II Site Roster - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS4:  Current Provider Roster - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS5:  Tier II Vacant Position Roster - Download All Files (17.6 MB)
DS6:  Tier II Former Provider Roster - Download All Files (17.6 MB)
DS7:  Tier II Utilization and Financial Questionnaire - Download All Files (17.8 MB)
DS8:  Tier II County File - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS9:  Tier II Provider Questionnaire - Download All Files (17.9 MB)
DS10:  Tier III Provider Questionnaire - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS11:  Tier IV Listing Form and Adult Community Survey - Download All Files (41.7 MB)
DS12:  Tier IV Child Community Survey - Download All Files (23 MB)
DS13:  Tiers II/III Follow-up Survey - Download All Files (17.9 MB)
DS14:  Follow-up Site Roster - Download All Files (17.6 MB)
DS15:  Follow-up Vacant Position Roster - Download All Files (17.6 MB)

Study Description


Sheps, Cecil G., and Edward H. Wagner. National Evaluation of Rural Primary Health Care Programs, 1979-1982. ICPSR08534-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (9147)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   health care access, health care delivery, health care facilities, health care services, primary care, program evaluation, rural areas, rural population

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1979--1982

Universe:   All primary health care delivery institutions identified in the fall of 1979 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (known then as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare).

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data for this study were gathered over the course of three years in four separate waves or tiers. There are fifteen separate data files, reflecting the use of different types of survey instruments in each tier.


Sample:   Random sample stratified by section of country, organizational form, and whether the program had one site or more.

Data Source:

mailed survey questionnaires, telephone surveys, and site visits


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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