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National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1979-2000: Multi-Year Public Use File (ICPSR 4412)
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
The National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) collects medical and demographic information annually from a sample of hospital discharge records. Variables include patients' demographic characteristics (sex, age, race, marital status), dates of admission and discharge, source and type of admission, status at discharge, final diagnoses, surgical and nonsurgical procedures, dates of surgeries, and sources of payment. Information on hospital characteristics such as bed size, ownership, and region of the country is also included. This collection contains data for the years of 1979 through 2000 for both newborn infants (Part 1) and non-newborns (Part 2). The medical information is coded using the INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, 9TH REVISION, CLINICAL MODIFICATION (ICD-9-CM).
These data are freely available.
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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HOSPITAL DISCHARGE SURVEY, 1979-2000: MULTI-YEAR PUBLIC USE FILE. ICPSR04412-v3. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-11-29. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04412.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04412.v3
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Patient discharges from nonfederal short-stay hospitals located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Data Types: administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.
Sample: The redesigned (as of 1988) NHDS sample includes with certainty all hospitals with 1,000 or more beds or 40,000 or more discharges annually. The remaining sample of hospitals is based on a stratified three-stage design. The first stage consists of selection of 112 primary sampling units (PSUs) that comprise a probability subsample of PSUs used in the 1985-1994 National Health Interview Surveys. The second stage consists of selection of noncertainty hospitals from the sample PSUs. At the third stage, a sample of discharges was selected by a systematic random sampling technique. For 2003, the sample consisted of 501 hospitals. Of these, 22 were found to be ineligible. Of the 479 eligible hospitals, 426 hospitals responded to the survey.
Weight: Both files contain weight variables (wgt). Users should refer to the user guide for further information regarding the weight and their derivation. Additionally, users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.
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:
- Created online analysis version with question text.
Restrictions: In preparing the data file for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.
Original ICPSR Release: 2006-03-17
- 2007-11-29 The data have been reformatted.
- 2007-03-08 Setup files have been updated.
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