National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Long-Term Care Supplement [Public Use Tape 10] (ICPSR 9675)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


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The Long-Term Care (LTC) Supplement contains data on the functional status of persons responding to Rounds 1 and 4 of the Household Survey of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES). The series of questions on functional status includes items on Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL), continence, and use of special equipment. For those persons having at least one ADL or IADL difficulty, questions were asked about use of community services such as adult day care, senior centers, home-delivered and congregate meals, special transportation, and telephone assurance. Information was also sought on prior nursing home stays, and financial help from someone outside of the household. The Demographics and Sampling Weights file contains person-level data for individuals who responded for their entire period of NMES eligibility (Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4). Each record contains person identifiers, selected characteristics including age, sex, race/ethnicity, and census region, dates of interview, a response-per-round indicator for the LTC Supplements, imputation flags for ADL/IADL, and sampling weight variables. The LTC Supplement population represented in File 2 is a subset of persons in File 1. File 2 is composed of separate records for LTC data collected during Round 1 (N=33,971) and during Round 4 (N=33,986).

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987:  Household Survey, Long-Term Care Supplement [Public Use Tape 10]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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1987 -- 1988

1987 (February-June (Round 1))

1988 (January-May (Round 2))

Both weighted and unweighted frequencies are provided in the codebook. The File 1 unweighted age distribution at first interview was 0-17 years (N=9,915), 18-54 years (N=16,059), 55-64 years (N=3,031), and 65+ years (N=5,454). The race/ethnic distribution was white (N=24,589), Black (N=7,519), Asian/Pacific (N=510), Hispanic (N = 3,703), and other (N=1,841).

The data include dashes, decimal points, and blank characters.

The demographic data in File 1 replace corresponding data items previously released in the NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY I, POPULATION AND HOME HEALTH PROVIDERS (ICPSR 9339).

The data in File 2 replace LTC items previously released inthe aforementioned study.

The Household Survey is a national probability sample of about 17,500 households in the national multistage area samples of Westat and NORC, with oversamples of population segments known to be at risk of needing or using services for chronic impairments or long-term illness, in particular the elderly, the functionally impaired, poor and low-income families, and Black and Hispanic minorities.

The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

personal interviews

survey data



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