National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).

National Nursing Home Survey, 1973-1974 (ICPSR 9725)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


This dataset provides information gathered in 1973 from facilities providing nursing care to their residents. Nursing homes, their staff, and residents were surveyed. Data from the facility questionnaire include services offered, type of ownership, total number of beds, total number of residents, whether facility participated in Medicare and Medicaid, 1972 admissions, discharges, and deaths, number of patients receiving specific services and treatments, number of physicians, staff hours and payroll, and expenses. The resident questionnaire generated information on each resident's age, race, marital status, date of admission, prior living arrangements, reason for admission, diagnosis, chronic conditions, services received, medication, assistance with daily activities, frequency of doctor visits, and source of payment. The staff questionnaire data include sex, race, occupation, hours worked per week, salary, and education.

Series: National Nursing Home Survey Series

Access Notes

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Facility-Expense - Download All Files (2.723 MB)
DS2:  Current Resident - Download All Files (8.952 MB)
DS3:  Staff Control - Download All Files (14.232 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY, 1973-1974. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    administrative costs, assisted living, assisted living facilities, disabilities, health care costs, health care facilities, health services utilization, health status, institutional care, labor costs, long term care, mortality rates, nursing homes, older adults, patient care, personnel

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1973--1974

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973--1974

Universe:    Nursing homes in the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. ICPSR has produced the machine-readable version of the documentation through optical character recognition (OCR) scanning of the NCHS codebook.


Sample:    Stratified, two-stage probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews, self-enumerated forms, and medical records

Restrictions: In preparing its data tape(s), 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, the NCHS requires that, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), data collected by the NCHS may not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts will not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments, and will notify the director of NCHS 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:   1992-05-18

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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