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Assessment of a Program of Public Information on Health Care Reform, 1992-1993: [Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa] (ICPSR 6066)

Principal Investigator(s): Daniels, Sally; Kully, Andrew


The purpose of this data collection was to assess the impact on public opinion of an informational program on health care reform in the United States. This educational campaign, designed and carried out by the Public Agenda Foundation with the cooperation of various media and community organizations, was intended to inform the public in targeted communities about the condition of the United States health care system, particularly regarding cost and accessibility of health care, and various reform initiatives being debated by policymakers. A pre- and post-treatment survey design with controls was used. Surveys were conducted in Wichita, Kansas (the treatment community) before and after the program was administered in that city. Parallel surveys were conducted in Des Moines, Iowa (the control community), where the program was not introduced. In both cities, respondents were asked their opinions about the cost of health care, access to health care, and health care reform, including willingness to pay more taxes for health care. In addition, respondents were queried about the status of health insurance coverage for themselves and their families, and how satisfied they were with the health care services that they and their families had received in the last few years. The surveys also solicited opinions concerning other issues, such as crime and drug abuse, the economy and unemployment, race relations, the quality of public school education, pollution and the environment, alcoholism, and homelessness. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, marital status, education, employment, and family income.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Daniels, Sally, and Andrew Kully. Assessment of a Program of Public Information on Health Care Reform, 1992-1993: [Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa]. ICPSR06066-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (PC-305)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcoholism, communities, crime, drug abuse, education, environment, health care, health care access, health care costs, health care reform, health insurance, homelessness, national economy, pollution, public opinion, race relations, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:    Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas, United States, Wichita

Time Period:   

  • 1992-10-17--1993-01-28

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over residing in households with telephones in Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by the Response Analysis Corporation, Princeton, NJ, 1993.


Sample:    For each of the two communities, two samples of telephone numbers were drawn using random-digit dialing techniques. One sample was surveyed before the program was administered, and the other was surveyed after the program was administered. To randomize selection of respondents within households, the household member who last had a birthday was designated as the sampled individual within each household.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1994-03-10

Version History:

  • 1998-04-20 The codebook is now available as a PDF file.

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