National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Institutional Population Component, Baseline Questionnaire Data [Public Use Tape 8] (ICPSR 9677)

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


The 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) Public Use Tape 8 contains full-year data from the Baseline Questionnaire of the Institutional Population Component. It updates data in the January 1, 1987, Resident File of Public Use Tape 2, NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION COMPONENT (ICPSR 9280), with the addition of data on admissions to the facilities throughout 1987, as well as a revised sampling weight that adjusts for sampling frame duplication between the two kinds of facilities. The Baseline Questionnaire was administered to the sample residents' primary caregiver(s) in the facility. Other information on the sample residents' health and living experiences was gathered from next-of-kin, case managers, or other staff members. The items covered include residence history for up to five previous admissions, demographic characteristics and family composition of the sampled residents, health and functional status, medical conditions from the medical records, information on facility respondents, and, for the mentally retarded aged 18 and over, employment and training history.

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: INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION COMPONENT, BASELINE QUESTIONNAIRE DATA [PUBLIC USE TAPE 8]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], December 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living facilities, caregivers, developmentally disabled, facilities, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, insurance coverage, long term care, medical care, nursing homes, payment methods, personnel, population characteristics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Persons institutionalized in nursing and personal care homes and facilities for the mentally retarded in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The principal investigator notes that the data in Public Use Tape 8 are released prior to final cleaning and editing, in order to provide prompt access to the NMES data by the research and policy community. (2) The records in this file can be linked to all other files for the Institutional Component (ICPSR 9169, 9280, 9676, 9678, and others to come). (3) Unweighted frequencies for residents of both types of long-term care facilities are included in the documentation. (4) The age distribution of the residents are 0-20 years (N = 563), 21-34 years (N = 1,751), 35-64 years (N = 2,357), 65-74 years (N = 1,079), 75-84 years (N = 2,068), and 85+ (N = 2,329), with the over-65 population concentrated in the nursing and personal care homes. (5) The racial/ethnic distribution includes residents who are white (N = 8,930), Black (N = 1,032), Hispanic (N = 321), and other (N = 185). (6) The data contain dashes, decimal points, and blank characters.


Sample:    Stratified, three-stage national probability sample, with facility selection in the first two stages, followed by a random sample of residents in the facilities as of January 1, 1987, and of admissions throughout the year. Sampling weights are provided to make unbiased national estimates of (1) all persons who spent one night or more in either type of long-term care facility at any time during 1987, (2) all residents of either type of facility as of January 1, 1987, (3) all persons with one or more admissions during 1987 to nursing or personal care homes, and (4) all 1987 nursing and personal care home admissions.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-01-10

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