National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980 (ICPSR 8385)

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Summary:

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (NAMCS) supply data on ambulatory medical care provided in physicians' offices. The 1980 survey contains information from approximately 46,000 patient visits to 1,870 physicians. Data are available on the patient's reason for the visit, the physician's diagnosis, and the kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered. Information is included on the physician's specialization and geographical location. Demographic information on patients, such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity, was also collected.

Series: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series

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Citation

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980. ICPSR08385-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08385.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   ambulatory care, doctor visits, health care services, medical care, medical evaluation, medical records, medications, patient care, patients, physicians, prescription drugs, treatment

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1980-01-01--1980-12-31

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980-01-01--1980-12-31

Universe:   Office visits made in the United States by patients of physicians who were based in offices, principally engaged in patient care, nonfederally employed, and not practicing in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, or radiology.

Data Types:   survey data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and text of the technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.

Methodology

Sample:   National multistage probability sample.

Data Source:

patient records and self-enumerated questionnaires

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Version History:

  • 2008-09-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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