National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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Master Facility Inventory: Nursing Homes and Other Health Care Facilities, 1976 (ICPSR 7631)

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


The Master Facility Inventory data collection provides a comprehensive list of nursing, personal care, and domiciliary care facilities in the United States in 1976. The criteria for inclusion were that a facility provided medical, nursing, personal, or custodial care to groups of unrelated persons on an inpatient basis. The survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in order to update its Master Facility Inventory on the number and kinds of such facilities in the United States and the changes to the list since the last MFI survey. Information gathered is for the previous calendar year and includes facility identification information, ownership and type of facility, capacity and type of beds (i.e., total beds set up and staffed for use and number of beds certified by Medicare or Medicaid as skilled and intermediate), acceptance criteria, and total number of male and female residents (or patients) for 26,748 institutions.

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Master Facility Inventory: Nursing Homes and Other Health Care Facilities, 1976. ICPSR07631-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1979.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Administration on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living facilities, eldercare, financial management, health care costs, health care facilities, health care services, institutional care, long term care, medical care, nursing home care, nursing homes, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976

Universe:    Nursing homes (establishments that provided nursing or personal care to the aged, infirm, or chronically ill, contained three or more beds, and provided some kind of care in addition to room and board) in the United States in 1976.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data cover the period from January 1, 1975, through December 31, 1975, although another 12-month period may have been used by the facility. (2) Imputed data was entered for certain unknown items. The imputations for these items were based on the available data for the responding facilities on the MFI with the same ownership, type of service, and approximately the same bed size. Mechanical imputations were based on such critical items as the number of beds or residents in the facilities. (3) Due to reasons of confidentiality, employment and financial information is not available in this data collection, but it may be obtained in summary form from the NCHS. (4) Superseding the Master Facilities List, the MFI has been assembled since 1967. It has been updated since that time with a continuing series of biennial surveys and with the Agency Reporting System (ARS), which has been used to update the MFI between biennial surveys. The primary purpose in adopting the ARS was to identify new facilities. These could be determined by obtaining lists from state agencies which regulate or control nearly all facilities in the MFI. In addition to state agencies, the ARS uses lists collected by health, welfare, or voluntary religious organizations, publishers of commercial directories, and federal agencies. (5) For a similar MFI survey conducted in 1976, see MASTER FACILITY INVENTORY: HOSPITALS, 1976 (ICPSR 7630).


Sample:    The MFI survey involved a mailed questionnaire with two mailed follow-ups to non-respondents and, finally, an intensive telephone and personal visit follow-up to those facilities that had not replied to the mailings.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires, telephone interviews, and personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-04


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