Community Tracking Study Household Survey, 2000-2001: [United States] (ICPSR 3764)

Published: May 22, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
Center for Studying Health System Change


Version V2

This collection comprises the third round of the Community Tracking Study (CTS) Household Survey. The CTS, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national study designed to track changes in the health care system and the effects of those changes on people. Fifty-one metropolitan areas and nine nonmetropolitan areas were randomly selected to form the core of the CTS and to be representative of the nation as a whole. As in the first two rounds of the Household Survey (ICPSR 2524 and 3199), the third round was administered to households in the 60 CTS sites and to a supplemental national sample of households. Respondents provided information about household composition and demographic characteristics, health insurance coverage, use of health services, unmet health care needs, out-of-pocket expenses for health care, usual source of care, patient trust and satisfaction, last visit to a medical provider, health status and presence of chronic health conditions, risk behaviors and smoking, and employment, earnings, and income. A new set of sample design variables was added to the third round data for variance estimation by statistical software packages other than SUDAAN.

Center for Studying Health System Change. Community Tracking Study Household Survey, 2000-2001: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-22.

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2000 -- 2001

2000 -- 2001

Data maps are provided as ASCII text files, and the user guides and codebooks are provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Additional information regarding this study is located on the Web site of the Center for Studying Health System Change.

Sample selection for the 2000-2001 survey was similar to that for the 1998-1999 survey. A sample of households was randomly selected from within the 60 CTS sites using random-digit dialing techniques, plus area probability sampling of housing units to represent households without telephones or with intermittent telephone coverage. The site sample was augmented with an independent supplemental telephone sample, a relatively small, nationally representative sample of households. The telephone samples were derived by randomly selecting samples of Round Two (1998-1999) telephone numbers and adding randomly selected households with telephone numbers that were not part of the 1998-1999 samples. For the nontelephone sample, interviewers attempted to recontact the addresses that were part of the 1998-1999 nontelephone sample and to contact new addresses of households without telephones.

Households in the contiguous 48 states.

survey data

telephone interviews



2008-05-22 Stata setup files were added to the collection. In addition, for variable MEDCSTX in the Public-Use Version of the Main Data File, one value label was revised in the SPSS setup and one superfluous value label was removed from the SAS setup.


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