National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).

National Nursing Home Survey, 1997 (ICPSR 2855)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) is a survey of nursing homes and related care facilities in the United States. Between July and December 1997, information regarding facility and financial characteristics was gathered from 1,406 facilities, along with current resident information for 8,138 residents. For Part 1, Facility Questionnaire Data, personal interviews with facility administrators provided information on topics such as certification, availability of beds, and kinds of services provided, including dental, hospice, and nutrition. Part 2, Current Resident Questionnaire Data, provides information on age, race, marital status, level of care, and use of aids such as walkers, hearing aids, and crutches. Part 3, Discharged Resident Questionnaire Data, includes date of admission, reason for discharge, admission diagnosis, discharge diagnosis, assistive devices used, help needed with daily activities, services provided (health, mental health, transportation, social, educational), and payment sources.

Series: National Nursing Home Survey Series

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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Facility Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (1.181 MB)
DS2:  Current Resident Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (4.659 MB)
DS3:  Discharged Resident Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (3.874 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY, 1997. ICPSR02855-v1. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    administrative costs, assisted living, assisted living facilities, disabilities, health care costs, health care facilities, health services utilization, health status, institutional care, labor costs, long term care, mortality rates, nursing homes, older adults, patient care, payment methods

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1997-07--1997-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-07--1997-12

Universe:    Approximately 17,900 nursing and related care homes in the United States that were identified in the 1991 National Health Provider Inventory and in the updated lists of facilities.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.


Sample:    Stratified two-stage probability design of 1,488 nursing or related care homes. Responses were given for 8,138 current residents from 1,406 nursing homes. Out of 1,488 institutions, 53 refused to participate and 29 did not meet the survey criteria.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

Restrictions: In preparing the data files for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   2000-03-23

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB2855.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2001-08-27 The codebook for this collection was updated by NCHS.

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