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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2000 (ICPSR 3551)

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Summary:

The NHAMCS provides data from samples of patient records selected from emergency departments (EDs) and outpatient departments (OPDs) of a national sample of hospitals. The resulting national estimates describe the use of hospital ambulatory medical care services in the United States. For the 2000 survey, data were collected from 221 OPDs and 376 EDs. Among the variables included are age, race, and sex of the patient, reason for the visit, physician's diagnoses, cause of injury (ED only), surgical procedures (OPD only), medication therapy, and expected source of payment.

Series: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Emergency Department Data - Download All Files (20.1 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SAS Setup
DS2:  Outpatient Department Data - Download All Files (21.2 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SAS Setup

Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HOSPITAL AMBULATORY MEDICAL CARE SURVEY, 2000. 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], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03551.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   ambulatory care, health care services, hospitalization, hospitals, emergency services, injuries, medical care, medical evaluation, medical procedures, medical records, patient care, patients, payment methods, surgery, treatment

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1999-12-27--2000-12-24

Date of Collection:  

  • 2000

Universe:   Visits to the emergency and outpatient departments of noninstitutional general and short-stay hospitals within the 50 states and the District of Columbia that had an average length of stay of less than 30 days, or hospitals whose specialty was general (medical or surgical) or children's general. Excluded were federal hospitals, hospital units within institutions, and hospitals with less than six beds staffed for patient use.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) An age recode variable was added to the 2000 data to facilitate analysis. (2) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS. (3) The codebook is provided by the principal investigator as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Methodology

Sample:   The NHAMCS used a four-stage probability design with samples of primary sampling units (PSUs), hospitals within PSUs, clinics within hospitals, and patient visits within clinics.

Data Source:

patient visit records from hospital emergency departments and outpatient departments

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB3551.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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