National Nursing Home Survey Follow-up: Mortality Data, 1984-1990 (ICPSR 6435)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY FOLLOW-UP (NNHSF) (WAVE I, 1987 [ICPSR 9813], WAVE II, 1988 [ICPSR 9838], and WAVE III, 1990 [ICPSR 6142]) is a longitudinal study that followed the cohort of current and discharged residents sampled in the NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY, 1985 (NNHS) (ICPSR 8914). To generate the mortality data for this collection, 12,348 NNHSF records were matched to the National Death Index (NDI) to determine whether the NNHSF subjects who were alive at the last contact had died or if dates of death obtained during the follow-up waves were accurate. Of the 12,348 records sent to NDI for matching, 6,507 matches were found to be true or highly probable matches based on a scoring algorithm developed to determine the quality of the NDI match. These 6,507 records were then matched to the National Center for Health Statistics' Multiple Cause of Death files. Mortality data variables include the residence, marital status, education, race, and age of the decedent and the place and date of death, as well as the underlying cause of death and multiple conditions of death.

Series: National Nursing Home Survey Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL NURSING HOME SURVEY FOLLOW-UP: MORTALITY DATA, 1984-1990. ICPSR version. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living, assisted living facilities, causes of death, disabilities, health care facilities, institutional care, long term care, mortality rates, nursing homes, older adults, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984--1990

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.


Data Source:

National Death Index and Multiple Cause-of-Death data files prepared by the National Center for Health Statistics

Restrictions: In preparing the data file(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-03-16


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