Secondary Data Sources for Public Health: A Practical Guide

Secondary Data Sources for Public Health: A Practical Guide

by Sarah Boslaugh
     
 

Secondary data play an increasingly important role in epidemiology and public health research and practice; examples of secondary data sources include national surveys such as the BRFSS and NHIS, claims data for the Medicare and Medicaid systems, and public vital statistics records. Although a wealth of secondary data is available, it is not always easy to locate

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Overview

Secondary data play an increasingly important role in epidemiology and public health research and practice; examples of secondary data sources include national surveys such as the BRFSS and NHIS, claims data for the Medicare and Medicaid systems, and public vital statistics records. Although a wealth of secondary data is available, it is not always easy to locate and access appropriate data to address a research or policy question.

This practical guide circumvents these difficulties by providing an introduction to secondary data and issues specific to its management and analysis, followed by an enumeration of major sources of secondary data in the United States. Entries for each data source include the principal focus of the data, years for which it is available, history and methodology of the data collection process, and information about how to access the data and supporting materials, including relevant details about file structure and format.

About the Author:
Sarah Boslaugh is currently a Performance Research Analyst for BJC Healthcare in Saint Louis and an Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521870016
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Series:
Practical Guides to Biostatistics and Epidemiology Series
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
An Introduction to Secondary Data Analysis     1
What Are Secondary Data?     1
Advantages and Disadvantages of Secondary Data Analysis     3
Locating Appropriate Secondary Data     5
Questions to Ask About Any Secondary Data Set     8
Considerations Relating to Causal Inference     10
Health Services Utilization Data     12
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey     13
The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey     16
The National Hospital Discharge Survey     17
Other National Health Care Survey Data Sets     19
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project     22
The Medical Expenditures Panel Survey     25
The National Immunization Survey     28
The Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program     31
Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Data     34
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System     34
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System     39
Monitoring the Future     43
Data on Multiple Health Topics     47
The National Health Examination Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey     47
The National Health Interview Survey     53
The Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health     56
The Longitudinal Studies of Aging     57
The State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey     60
Fertility and Mortality Data     65
The National Vital Statistics System     66
The Compressed Mortality File     70
The National Death Index     71
The National Mortality Followback Survey     73
The National Maternal and Infant Health Survey and Longitudinal Followup     76
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System     78
The National Survey of Family Growth     79
Medicare and Medicaid Data     83
The Medicare Denominator Record Files     85
The Standard Analytical Files     86
The Medicare Provider Analysis and Review Files     86
The Prospective Payment System Files     87
Other Medicare Research Identifiable Files     88
Medicare Public Use Files     89
The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey     91
The Medicare Health Outcomes Survey     94
Medicaid Data     96
Other Sources of Data     100
The U.S. Census      101
The Area Resource File     104
The General Social Survey     106
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research     107
The Henry A. Murray Research Archive     108
The Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods     109
Web Portals to Statistical Data     111
Adverse Events and Clinical Trials Information     112
Data Sets Commonly Used in Teaching     113
Acronyms     115
Summary of Data Sets and Years Available     119
Data Import and Transfer     123
Bibliography     129
Index     137

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