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National Evaluation of Rural Primary Health Care Programs, 1979-1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Sheps, Cecil G.
  • Wagner, Edward H.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
health care access; health care delivery; health care facilities; health care services; primary care; program evaluation; rural areas; rural population
  • Abstract

    This data collection effort was undertaken in order to determine what kinds of program development strategies prove most effective for health care programs in different communities, specifically those defined as rural. Effectiveness of these programs was measured in terms of patient access to medical care, stability of the health care programs, and the impact of the programs on those they serve. General areas investigated in the surveys include program developmental methods, administrative structure, community setting, provider characteristics, financial policy, range of services offered, and consumer satisfaction.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Tier I Questionnaire
    • DS2: Tier II Telephone Survey
    • DS3: Tier II Site Roster
    • DS4: Current Provider Roster
    • DS5: Tier II Vacant Position Roster
    • DS6: Tier II Former Provider Roster
    • DS7: Tier II Utilization and Financial Questionnaire
    • DS8: Tier II County File
    • DS9: Tier II Provider Questionnaire
    • DS10: Tier III Provider Questionnaire
    • DS11: Tier IV Listing Form and Adult Community Survey
    • DS12: Tier IV Child Community Survey
    • DS13: Tiers II/III Follow-up Survey
    • DS14: Follow-up Site Roster
    • DS15: Follow-up Vacant Position Roster
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1982
    Time period: 1979--1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All primary health care delivery institutions identified in the fall of 1979 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (known then as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare).
Random sample stratified by section of country, organizational form, and whether the program had one site or more.
Collection Mode
  • The data for this study were gathered over the course of three years in four separate waves or tiers. There are fifteen separate data files, reflecting the use of different types of survey instruments in each tier.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (9147).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8534 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.75.7.749 (DOI)
  • Ricketts, T.C., Guild, P.A., Sheps, C.G., Wagner, E.H.. An evaluation of subsidized rural primary care programs: III. Stress and survival, 1981-82. American Journal of Public Health.74, (8), 816-819.1984.
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    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.73.4.406 (DOI)
  • Sheps, C.G., Wagner, E.H., Schonfeld, W.H., DeFriese, G.H., Bachar, M., Brooks, E.F., Gillings, D.B., Guild, P.A., Konrad, T.R., McLaughlin, C.P., Ricketts, T.C., Seipp, C., Stein, J.S.. An evaluation of subsidized rural primary care programs: I. A typology of practice organizations. American Journal of Public Health.73, (1), 38-49.1983.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.73.1.38 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Sheps, Cecil G.; Wagner, Edward H. (1988): National Evaluation of Rural Primary Health Care Programs, 1979-1982. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.