Community Tracking Study Household Survey, 2003: [United States] (ICPSR 4216)

Published: Dec 3, 2007

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


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This collection contains data and documentation for the fourth round of the Community Tracking Study (CTS) Household Survey. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CTS is a national study designed to track changes in the United States' health care system and their effects. The fourth round was administered to households in the 60 CTS sites: 51 metropolitan areas and nine nonmetropolitan areas which were randomly selected to form the core of the CTS and to be representative of the nation as a whole. The first round of the CTS Household Survey was conducted in 1996-1997 (ICPSR 2524), the second round in 1998-1999 (ICPSR 3199), and the third in 2000-2001 (ICPSR 3764). Respondents to the fourth round provided information about health insurance coverage, use of health services, unmet needs for health care, children's special health care needs, out-of-pocket medical costs, patient trust in physicians, sources of health information, attitudes about medical care, and satisfaction with health care and health plans. Health status, chronic conditions, and risk attitudes and smoking behavior were additional topics covered by the fourth round questionnaire. The data include variables on height and weight, employment, income, ethnicity, race, United States citizenship, household composition, and demographic characteristics.

Center for Studying Health System Change. Community Tracking Study Household Survey, 2003: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-03.

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2003 -- 2004

2003 -- 2004

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

A sample of households was selected from within the 60 CTS sites using random-digit dialing techniques. This telephone sample was augmented with an area probability sample of households without telephones or with substantial interruptions in telephone service. The telephone sample was derived by selecting telephone numbers from the previous CTS Household Survey and telephone numbers that were not included in the Round Three (2000-2001) survey. The nontelephone component sampled addresses from the previous survey and addresses that were not covered by the previous survey. In all, 23,029 Round Three respondents were reinterviewed in Round Four. Unlike the previous CTS Household Surveys, the fourth round lacks a supplemental sample, an independent national telephone sample of about 5,700-6,100 people which was selected in each of the earlier three surveys.

Households in the contiguous 48 states.

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