National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Institutional Population Component (ICPSR 9280)

Principal Investigator(s): National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment


This survey was designed to yield national estimates of the use of and expenditures for care during 1987 by persons who resided in nursing homes or facilities for the mentally retarded. The Facility Questionnaire was completed by administrators of 1,501 participating facilities (810 nursing homes and 691 facilities for the mentally retarded). Data records contain bed size, type of ownership, facility certification, services routinely provided, average cost, and other information. Weights, which must be used to generate nationally representative facility-level estimates, are provided. The Baseline Questionnaire file contains data collected from institutional caregivers and next of kin of 6,965 randomly sampled persons who were living in the sampled facilities on January 1, 1987. Data include sociodemographic information such as age, race, and sex. Information on residences prior to admission, measures of functional limitations and chronic conditions, and the work history of persons in facilities for the mentally retarded is also provided. Person level records can be linked to facility records and include person weights for obtaining national estimates. The documentation file includes an overview of the entire 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES), which is expected to produce 15 files of data. The documentation provides frequencies, questionnaires, and technical information on sample design, weights, and variance estimation.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Facility Questionnaire - Download All Files (24.391 MB)
DS2:  Baseline Questionnaire on Residents - Download All Files (35.545 MB)

Study Description


National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment. NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION COMPONENT. Rockville, MD: Westat, Inc. [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living facilities, developmentally disabled, disease, facilities, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, illness, institutional care, insurance coverage, job history, long term care, medical care, nursing homes, payment methods, population characteristics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Nursing homes and facilities for the mentally retarded in the United States and their residents.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Age frequencies for nursing homes: 0-20 years (17), 21-34 years (62), 35-64 years (335), 65-74 years (460), 75-84 years (1,102), 85+ years (1,371). Age frequencies for mental retardation facilities: 0-20 years (411), 21-34 years (1,413), 35-64 years (1,470), 65-74 years (187), 75-84 years (94), 85+ years (43). The data contain dashes (-), and blank codes. ICPSR currently distributes the INVENTORY OF LONG-TERM CARE PLACES (ICPSR 9169), which provides the sample frame for NMES.


Sample:    Complex multistage stratified sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-03-02

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB9280.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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