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National Nursing Home Survey, 1977 (ICPSR 7946)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

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


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Data for the 1977 National Nursing Home Survey were collected in a nationwide sample of nursing homes, personal care homes (with or without nursing), and domicilary care homes. Information on staff, residents, and discharges was collected via a combination of personal interviews and self-enumerated forms. Four files are contained within this data collection. Part 1, Facility-Expense File, contains information on type of facility, certification, bed size, services and therapy routinely provided to residents or non-residents, regular and temporary admissions, vacant staff positions, facility income, and expenditures. Parts 2 and 3, Current and Discharged Resident Files, supply data on residents regarding admissions, impairments, conditions, behavioral problems, visits to a physician, services, therapy or treatments received, use of aids or need of assistance, level of care received, total charges for care, and sources and amount of payments. Part 4, Staff File, contains information on employees' job experience, services performed, hours worked, educational background, non-degree training, salaries, and benefits.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Nursing Home Survey, 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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In preparing the data files 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.



Each data file contains one record weight except Part 1, Facility-Expense File, which has five weights.

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.

Stratified, two-stage probability sample, which yielded 1,451 nursing homes.

All facilities classified as nursing homes by the 1973 Master Facility Inventory with updated information on nursing homes that opened between 1973 and December 1976. The universe consisted of 23,105 nursing homes.

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data



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.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • 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.
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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).