This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey Data on Home Health Care and Medical Equipment Purchases and Rentals [Public Use Tape 14.2] (ICPSR 9944)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The 1987 NMES provides information on health expenditures by or on behalf of families and individuals, the financing of these expenditures, and each person's use of services. The Household Survey is one of the three major components of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES). (The other two components are the Survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives [SAIAN] and the Institutional Population Component.) The Household Survey was fielded over four rounds of personal and telephone interviews at four-month intervals. Baseline data on household composition, employment, and insurance characteristics were updated each quarter, and information on all uses of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. Public Use Tape 14.2 provides two data files containing information on expenditures for formal home health care and the purchase or rental of medical equipment, supplies, and other medical items. The Home Health Care file contains information on each person in the Household Survey using these services in 1987. Each record is restricted to the set of formal services provided during the year by each type of provider sent by each unique agency furnishing home health care. This file provides person-level demographic information such as age, sex, and race, and information on household-reported medical conditions associated with the use of home health care. The Medical Equipment and Supplies file contains one record per type of medical item for each eligible person in the Household Survey who reported having purchased, rented, or otherwise obtained such items. This file also provides person-level demographic information, and medical condition and date of purchase variables.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Household Survey Home Health Care - Download All Files (29.716 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup   
DS2:  Household Survey Medical Equipment and Supplies - Download All Files (31.226 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup   
DS3:  Technical and Programming Information and Data Dictionary - Download All Files (29.279 MB)

ASCII + SAS Setup   
DS4:  SAS Control Cards - Download All Files (29.279 MB)

ASCII + SAS Setup   

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY DATA ON HOME HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AND RENTALS [PUBLIC USE TAPE 14.2]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09944.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09944.v1


Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   assistive devices, disease, employment, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, home health care, health insurance, health services utilization, household composition, illness, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1987

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987

Universe:   Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States who used home health care.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Records in these files can be linked to all NMES public use tapes from the Household Survey by using the person identifier (PIDX).


Sample:   The Household Survey sample is a stratified multistage area probability design with a total sample of roughly 35,000 individuals in 14,000 households who completed all rounds of data collection. Oversampling of population subgroups of special policy interest included poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, and Black and Hispanic minorities. Sampled persons from the Household Survey who used formal home health care and/or purchased or rented medical equipment, supplies, and other medical items in 1987 are included in this dataset.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB9944.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

Related Publications (?)


Metadata Exports

If you're looking for collection-level metadata rather than an individual metadata record, please visit our Metadata Records page.

Download Statistics