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National Survey of Access to Health Care, 1986 (ICPSR 8981)

Principal Investigator(s): Freeman, Howard E., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


This survey, which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assessed Americans' access to health care, use of medical services, and problems encountered in obtaining health care. The data contain variables on the interviewees' personal background, utilization of medical, dental, and mental health services, and experiences in obtaining care.

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.

  • Health and Medical Care Archive

    This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Study Description


Freeman, Howard E. National Survey of Access to Health Care, 1986. ICPSR08981-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (10343)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    dental health, health care, health care access, health care services, medical care, mental health

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986

Universe:    All households with telephones in the 48 contiguous states.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Households were sampled using random-digit dialing. Seriously ill adults and children were oversampled.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

Version History:

  • 1999-02-03 The codebook is now available as a PDF file.

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