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National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and event data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; health care facilities; hospitalization; hospitals; illness; medical care; medical evaluation; medical procedures; medical records; patients; payment methods; treatment
  • Abstract

    This annual survey was conducted to provide current data on hospitalization and morbidity in the United States. The data include basic demographic characteristics of the discharged patients (age, sex, race, ethnicity, marital status), their geographic (zip code) location, and their expected sources of payment for hospital bills. Medical information in the survey includes length of stay in hospital, discharge vital status, and type of discharge (routine, against medical advice, transferred to other short-term hospital, transferred to long-term care institution). Also included are surgical and diagnostic procedures while hospitalized, as well as principal and other final diagnoses. Hospital data are provided for geographic region of the country, number of beds, and hospital ownership (proprietary, government, nonprofit-church, nonprofit-other).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985
  • Collection date: 1985
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The 1985 National Master Facility Inventory of Hospitals and Institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia constitutes the universe for hospitals in the discharge survey, and the selected hospitals' daily discharge listings constitute the universe of patient records. The Inventory in 1985 consisted of 6,007 non-Federal short-stay hospitals.
All non-Federal short-stay hospitals with 1,000 beds or more were selected with certainty. All hospitals with less than 1,000 beds were stratified into 24 size-by-region classes, from which a controlled selection technique sampled 558 hospitals, proportionately distributed by type of ownership and geographic region. A total of 414 hospitals was surveyed. The within-hospital discharges were randomly sampled in inverse proportion to size of the hospital. In 1985, for the first time, some of the discharge data were obtained through purchase of medical data tapes from commercial abstracting services. Information on use of weights to estimate national or regional figures is provided in the codebook.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Data contain blanks. (2) Persons ages 65 years and over constitute 30 percent (weighted data) of the hospital discharges. (3)THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, 9TH REVISION, CLINICAL MODIFICATION was applied to code diagnoses and surgeries for "significant procedures." Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) may be obtained by converting the data with the Health Care Financing Administration's DRG Grouper Program, but this is not included in the file.

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Alternative Identifiers
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1988): National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1985. Archival Version. National Hospital Discharge Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.