National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Dental Visit Data [Public Use Tape 14.3] (ICPSR 9814)

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


The Household Survey is one of the three major components of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES). (The other two components are the Survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives [SAIAN] and the Institutional Population Component.) Like its predecessors, the 1987 NMES provides information on health expenditures by or on behalf of families and individuals, the financing of these expenditures, and each person's use of services. The Household Survey was fielded over four rounds of personal and telephone interviews at four-month intervals. Baseline data on household composition, employment, and insurance characteristics were updated each quarter, and information on all uses of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. The data on Public Use Tape 14.3 provide information on dental visits for calendar year 1987. The data file contains one record per dental visit for each eligible person in the Household Survey who reported a dental visit during 1987, and who responded for his/her entire period of eligibility. In addition, each record contains basic person-level demographic information for the sample person, including age, sex, race, and ethnicity. Information is also supplied on type of service obtained during the dental visit, dates of service, and medical condition (ICD9-HIS codes) if the visit was due to accident or injury.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Dental Visit Data [Public Use Tape 14.3]. ICPSR09814-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    dental health, employment, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, household composition, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-01-01--1987-12-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986--1988

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The records in this data file can be linked with records from all other NMES Household Survey Public Use Tape data files.


Sample:    The Household Survey sample used a stratified multistage area probability design. Approximately 35,000 individuals in 14,000 households completed all rounds of data collection. Oversampled population subgroups include poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, Blacks, and Hispanics.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-02-12


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