National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Health Status Questionnaire and Access to Care Supplement [Public Use Tape 9] (ICPSR 9674)

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


Public Use Tape 9 contains the initial release of data from two supplementary parts of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey's Household Survey: the Health Status Questionnaire, and the Access to Care Supplement. The file provides person-level data for all those respondents (other than infants less than one year of age) with both information for their entire period of 1987 survey eligibility (Rounds 1-4) and valid data on a minimum set of items in both the Health Status Questionnaire and Access to Care Supplement. The minimum items were: perceived general health status, at least one question on availability and characteristics of a usual source of medical or dental care, all items in the checklists of chronic conditions (for adults aged 18 and over), at least one question on screening for breast and cervical cancer (for adult females), and all questions on immunizations (for children aged 1-17). The Health Status Questionnaire was administered in three age-specific versions between Rounds 1 and 2 of the interviews. Adults aged 18 and over responded for themselves and for children aged 5-17 and under 5 years in their families. The Questionnaire contained items concerning self-assessments of current and past health status, acute and chronic conditions, vision and hearing, dental status, mental health and functional ability, and health-related behaviors such as care-seeking and preventive care. The Access to Care Supplement was administered to all eligible household respondents during Round 3 interviews, and covered access to and usual sources of medical and dental care. For medical providers identified as a usual source of care, information was sought on their specialty, sex, race/ethnicity, and on availability and convenience in terms of hours of practice, travel and waiting times, and related items. Other topics in the Access to Care Supplement included reasons for the lack of a usual source of care and sources of care during an illness. The file also includes basic demographic data from the Household Survey.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, HEALTH STATUS QUESTIONNAIRE AND ACCESS TO CARE SUPPLEMENT [PUBLIC USE TAPE 9]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cancer, disease, health behavior, health care access, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health history, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, illness, immunization, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods, preventative medicine

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The principal investigator notes that the data in Public Use Tape 9 are released prior to final data cleaning and editing, in order to provide prompt access to the NMES data by the research and policy community. (2) The records on this file can be linked to all other data files from the Household Survey (ICPSR 9339, 9340, 9675, and others to come). (3) Both unweighted and weighted frequencies are included in the documentation. The unweighted age frequencies are 1-17 years (N=7,578), 18-64 years (N=17,367), and 65+ (N=5,093). The unweighted race and ethnic frequencies include 6,241 Black, 422 Asian American, and 2,988 Hispanic respondents. (4) The data contain dashes, decimal points, and blank characters.


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-administered questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-01-10

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