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National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1985 (ICPSR 8902) RSS

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Summary:

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (NAMCS) supply data on ambulatory medical care provided in physicians' offices. The 1985 survey, the tenth in a series of annual surveys, contains information from approximately 2,879 physicians. Data are available on the number of office visits by the patient, the nature and length of the visits, the patient's problem, the physician's diagnosis, and the kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered. Information is also included on the physician's specialization, type of practice, and geographical location. Demographic information on patients was also collected.

Series: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1985. ICPSR08902-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-15. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08902.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:  

  • 1985-03--1986-02

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-03--1986-02

Universe:   Office visits made within the contiguous United States by ambulatory patients of nonfederal physicians who were primarily involved in office practice, but not engaged in the specialties of radiology, pathology, or anesthesiology.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Within the series of questions on medication ordered or provided (Item 16) an undocumented code, 32690, appears on several records. This response likely can be disregarded because other variables relating to medication provided contain missing data whenever associated with the undocumented code.

Methodology

Sample:   National multistage probability sample.

Data Source:

patient records, and self-enumerated forms

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Version History:

  • 2008-09-15 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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