Community Health Center: Core Data Project, 2001-2002 (ICPSR 21520)

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford, Judith B., Virginia Commonwealth University, and Fenway Community Health


A survey was administered to any patient that presented for services at a health center between 2001 and 2002. Patients were asked to complete a brief survey with questions relating to demographic, relationship status, reason for choosing this health center, mental health status, and abuse history.

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Study Description


Bradford, Judith B. Community Health Center: Core Data Project, 2001-2002. ICPSR21520-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-04-04.

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This study was funded by:

  • Fenway Community Health. Fenway Institute

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    bisexuality, discrimination, emotional states, gay community, gays and lesbians, gender identity, health care, HIV, homophobia, homosexual relationships, homosexuality, medical care, mental health, sexual preference, transgender

Geographic Coverage:    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Time Period:   

  • 2001--2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001--2002

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    All individuals aged 18 and older living in 6 New England states.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The survey was completed by 3,103 patients during the data collection period. The survey was administered by Patient Registration staff at the time of patient registration.

Modifications were made to the survey during the collection period. Both versions of the survey instruments are available.

To protect the confidentiality of respondents, all variables that could be used to identify individuals have been collapsed or recoded on the public use files. These modifications should not affect analytic uses of the public use files.


Study Purpose:    The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of collecting gender identity and sexual orientation data at a community health center to better understand how these characteristics were related to patients' self-reported life experiences, and to explore how this information could be used to improve patient care.

Study Design:    Individuals seen during a 12-months period completed a one-page, voluntary questionnaire at intake.

Sample:    Any patient presenting for care was given the opportunity to complete the survey.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted self interview (CASI), self-enumerated questionnaire

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Description of Variables:    Significant demographic variables include gender, transgender, sexual orientation, relationship status, annual income, and education. Abuse history variables include whether a person was a victim and/or perpetrator. Discrimination experiences relating to sexual orientation status were included. Other key topics included use of alcohol and other drugs, discrimination, smoking, and mental health.

Presence of Common Scales:    Several response categories were used.

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-04-04



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