National Health Interview Survey, 1984: Supplement on Aging, Medicare Data, 1984-1991 (ICPSR 6256)

Principal Investigator(s):


This collection supplies information matching Medicare claims data to persons included in the Supplement on Aging (SOA) to the NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1984 (ICPSR 8659). It can also be used for the cohort included in the NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY: LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AGING, 70 YEARS AND OVER, 1984-1989 (ICPSR 8719), a follow-up to the SOA. Part 1, Medicare Hospital Records, contains variables such as the Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA) person number, date of birth, sex, date of hospital discharge/service, total charge for inpatient stay, type of hospital, diagnoses made, procedures performed, and length of stay. Variables in Part 2, Other Medicare Use Records, include the LSOA person number, date of birth, sex, and whether the patient utilized home health care, hospice, or outpatient services during 1984-1991.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • These data are available to the general public.


DS1:  Medicare Hospital Records - Download All Files (1.2 MB)
DS2:  Other Medicare Use Records - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS3:  Codebook for All Parts
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1984: Supplement on Aging, Medicare Data, 1984-1991. ICPSR06256-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   aging, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health care costs, health care services, health policy, health problems, hospitalization, illness, medical care, medical evaluation, medical procedures, Medicare, older adults

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1984--1991

Date of Collection:  

  • 1984--1991

Universe:   People in the United States aged 70 and over in 1984.

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.


Sample:   Participants in the Supplement on Aging to the 1984 National Health Interview Survey that were matched with records from the Health Care Financing Administration for 1984-1991.

Data Source:

Medicare claims records

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.


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