Community Health Center: Core Data Project, 2001-2002 (ICPSR 21520)

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Judith B. Bradford, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Fenway Community Health

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A survey was administered to any patient that presented for services at a health center between 2001 and 2002. Patients were asked to complete a brief survey with questions relating to demographic, relationship status, reason for choosing this health center, mental health status, and abuse history.

Bradford, Judith B. Community  Health Center: Core Data Project, 2001-2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-04-04.

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Fenway Community Health. Fenway Institute
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2001 -- 2002
2001 -- 2002

The survey was completed by 3,103 patients during the data collection period. The survey was administered by Patient Registration staff at the time of patient registration.

Modifications were made to the survey during the collection period. Both versions of the survey instruments are available.

To protect the confidentiality of respondents, all variables that could be used to identify individuals have been collapsed or recoded on the public use files. These modifications should not affect analytic uses of the public use files.

The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of collecting gender identity and sexual orientation data at a community health center to better understand how these characteristics were related to patients' self-reported life experiences, and to explore how this information could be used to improve patient care.

Individuals seen during a 12-months period completed a one-page, voluntary questionnaire at intake.

Any patient presenting for care was given the opportunity to complete the survey.

All individuals aged 18 and older living in 6 New England states.



survey data

Significant demographic variables include gender, transgender, sexual orientation, relationship status, annual income, and education. Abuse history variables include whether a person was a victim and/or perpetrator. Discrimination experiences relating to sexual orientation status were included. Other key topics included use of alcohol and other drugs, discrimination, smoking, and mental health.

Several response categories were used.


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Bradford, Judith B. Community Health Center: Core Data Project, 2001-2002. ICPSR21520-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-04-04.

2013-04-04 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.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


  • 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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