National Evaluation of Rural Primary Health Care Programs, 1979-1982 (ICPSR 8534)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Cecil G. Sheps; Edward H. Wagner

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This data collection effort was undertaken in order to determine what kinds of program development strategies prove most effective for health care programs in different communities, specifically those defined as rural. Effectiveness of these programs was measured in terms of patient access to medical care, stability of the health care programs, and the impact of the programs on those they serve. General areas investigated in the surveys include program developmental methods, administrative structure, community setting, provider characteristics, financial policy, range of services offered, and consumer satisfaction.

Sheps, Cecil G., and Wagner, Edward H. National Evaluation of Rural Primary Health Care Programs, 1979-1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (9147)

1979 -- 1982

The data for this study were gathered over the course of three years in four separate waves or tiers. There are fifteen separate data files, reflecting the use of different types of survey instruments in each tier.

Random sample stratified by section of country, organizational form, and whether the program had one site or more.

All primary health care delivery institutions identified in the fall of 1979 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (known then as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare).

mailed survey questionnaires, telephone surveys, and site visits

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


  • 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.

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