National Nursing Home Survey Follow-Up: Wave III, 1990 (ICPSR 6142)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The 1990 National Nursing Home Survey Follow-Up (NNHSF) is part of a longitudinal study that followed the cohort of current residents and discharged residents sampled in the NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY, 1985 (ICPSR 8914). The NNHSF extends the period of observation of these utilization patterns by approximately five years after the baseline nursing home interview. The primary purpose is to provide data on the flow of persons in and out of long-term care facilities and hospitals. The NNHSF was conducted in three waves. Wave I (ICPSR 9813) was conducted between August and December 1987, Wave II (ICPSR 9838) between July and November 1988, and Wave III between January and April 1990. For Wave III, information was collected on vital status, nursing home and hospital utilization since the last contact, current living arrangements, Medicare number, and source of payment. Information concerning the disposition of the subject's home was collected in Section J. Since these questions were only asked in Wave III, the information is not available for subjects who were known to be deceased at the time of the facility contact, the Next Of Kin survey, or Wave I or II of the follow-up. Those eligible for Section J represent a very select subgroup of the original cohort. In addition, 187 residents who were eligible for Section J did not receive the questionnaire because an appropriate respondent could not be identified.

Series: National Nursing Home Survey Series

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


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY FOLLOW-UP: WAVE III, 1990. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living, assisted living facilities, disabilities, health care facilities, health services utilization, health status, institutional care, living arrangements, long term care, mortality rates, nursing homes, older adults, patient care, payment methods, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-01--1990-04

Data Type(s):    survey 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.


Sample:    The Wave III cohort is identified as Wave II subjects for whom a complete interview was obtained and who were alive at the time of the interview. A total of 3,121 subjects were eligible for Wave III and interviews were completed for 3,041 subjects.

Data Source:

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

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:

  • Standardized missing values.

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-10-11

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