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National Nursing Home Survey Follow-up: Mortality Data, 1984-1990 (ICPSR 6435)

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The NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY FOLLOW-UP (NNHSF) (WAVE I, 1987 [ICPSR 9813], WAVE II, 1988 [ICPSR 9838], and WAVE III, 1990 [ICPSR 6142]) is a longitudinal study that followed the cohort of current and discharged residents sampled in the NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY, 1985 (NNHS) (ICPSR 8914). To generate the mortality data for this collection, 12,348 NNHSF records were matched to the National Death Index (NDI) to determine whether the NNHSF subjects who were alive at the last contact had died or if dates of death obtained during the follow-up waves were accurate. Of the 12,348 records sent to NDI for matching, 6,507 matches were found to be true or highly probable matches based on a scoring algorithm developed to determine the quality of the NDI match. These 6,507 records were then matched to the National Center for Health Statistics' Multiple Cause of Death files. Mortality data variables include the residence, marital status, education, race, and age of the decedent and the place and date of death, as well as the underlying cause of death and multiple conditions of death.

Series: National Nursing Home Survey Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY FOLLOW-UP: MORTALITY DATA, 1984-1990. ICPSR version. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   assisted living, assisted living facilities, causes of death, health care facilities, institutional care, long term care, mortality rates, nursing homes, older adults, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1984--1990

Data Types:   administrative records 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.


Data Source:

National Death Index and Multiple Cause-of-Death data files prepared by the National Center for Health Statistics


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