National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

Primary Care Judgments of Nurses and Physicians, 1976-1978: Clinical Simulation Test -- Hypertension Data (ICPSR 7732)

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Summary:

This data collection contains four files of the Clinical Simulation Test for Hypertension (CST:HYP), an instrument developed by the Primary Care Judgements of Nurses and Physicians Research Project to empirically assess the clinical judgements of physicians and nurses in relation to essential hypertension in the period 1976-1978. The purpose of the study was to measure the clinical judgments of health professionals in relation to those of a panel of eight national experts in the specific area of hypertension. The instrument simulates the clinical processes from presentation of the chief complaint of a 46-year-old Caucasian male with essential hypertension through diagnoses and treatment. The Clinical Simulation Test (Part 1) was given to 173 respondents who were divided into six groups: family practice physicians, nurse practitioners with master's degrees, certified nurse practitioners, public health nurses, pre-medical students, and nursing students. The test contains 11 sections and three diagnostic tests. Eight of the test sections required the respondents to choose from among a list of possible treatment options. Three sections were open-ended and required respondents to identify relevant patient data or to list patient problems. During the process, respondents chose appropriate procedures from among a wide range of possible choices. Items also include an evaluation of the test instrument by the respondents, a proficiency scale which is scored by means of a computer program (Part 2), and the responses of eight experts used for the purpose of test instrument validation (Parts 3 and 4). Demographic items specify age, sex, education, professional preparation, residency program, specialty, position, and disease management experience of respondents. See the related collection, PRIMARY CARE JUDGMENTS OF NURSES AND PHYSICIANS, 1976-1978: CLINICAL SIMULATION TEST--CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE DATA (ICPSR 7731).

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  1: Main File - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
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DS2:  2: Proficiency Scoring Deck - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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DS3:  3: Expert Panel 1 - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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DS4:  4: Expert Panel 2 - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

McLaughlin, Frank E., et al. Primary Care Judgments of Nurses and Physicians, 1976-1978: Clinical Simulation Test -- Hypertension Data. ICPSR07732-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07732.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Public Health Service. Health Resources Administration (1-R02-NU00528)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   decision making, health care, health professionals, hospitals, hypertension, medical care, medical evaluation, medical students, nurses, physicians, public health, treatment

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1976--1978

Date of Collection:  

  • 1976-01--1978-12

Data Types:   clinical data, program source code, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The files for this study are written in binary format and are stored in EBCDIC. When downloading the data via FTP please make sure that the image or binary option is set even if you are downloading the data unzipped. Additionally, the image or binary option will most likely also need to be set when these files are moved from one system to another locally.

Methodology

Sample:   A 600-item questionnaire, known as the Clinical Simulation Test, was given to 173 health professionals who were divided into six groups: family practice physicians, nurse practitioners with master's degrees, certified nurse practitioners, public health nurses, pre-medical students, and nursing students.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7732.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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