The Master Facility Inventory (MFI) data collection provides a comprehensive list of hospital facilities in the United States in 1976. The criteria for inclusion were that a facility provided medical, nursing, personal, or custodial care to groups of unrelated persons on an inpatient basis and was licensed or operated by federal or state agencies. The American Hospital Association conducted the survey, supplying the resulting data to the National Center for Health Statistics in order to update its Master Facility Inventory on the number and kinds of hosptals in the United States and the changes in the list since the last MFI survey. Information gathered is for the previous calendar year and includes facility identification information, ownership, number of full- and part-time staff, number of beds per unit, number of adult and pediatric inpatients, numbers in newborn nursery, outpatient utlilization (e.g., emergency care and clinics), major and minor surgical operations, hospital classification (e.g., government, non-government, investor-owned), and finances (e.g., total revenue, expenses, and assets) for 7,271 institutions.
United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Administration on Aging
Date of Collection
Data Collection Notes
(1) The data cover the period from January 1, 1975, through December 31, 1975, although another 12-month period may have been used by the facility. (2) Imputed data was entered for certain unknown items. The imputations for these items were based on the available data for the responding facilities on the MFI with the same ownership, type of service, and approximately the same bed size. Mechanical imputations were based on such critical items as the number of beds or residents in the facilities. (3) The data collection instrument is available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR. (4) Superseding the Master Facilities List, the MFI has been assembled since 1967. It has been updated since that time with a continuing series of biennial surveys and with the Agency Reporting System (ARS), which has been used to update the MFI between biennial surveys. The primary purpose in adopting the ARS was to identify new facilities. These could be determined by obtaining lists from state agencies which regulate or control nearly all facilities in the MFI. In addition to state agencies, the ARS uses lists collected by health, welfare, or voluntary religious organizations, publishers of commercial directories, and federal agencies. (5) For a similar MFI survey conducted in 1976, see MASTER FACILITY INVENTORY: NURSING HOMES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, 1976 (ICPSR 7631).
The MFI survey involved a mailed questionnaire with two mailed follow-ups to non-respondents and, finally, an intensive telephone and personal visit follow-up to those facilities that had not replied to the mailings.
Hospital facilities (licensed as such by a state or operated as a hospital by a federal or state agency and containing six or more beds) in the United States in 1976.
mailback questionnaires, telephone interviews, and personal interviews
Original Release Date
1984-05-03 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Performed consistency checks.
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.
- The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).