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National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
ambulatory care; doctor visits; health care services; medical care; medical evaluation; medical records; medications; patient care; patients; physicians; prescription drugs; treatment
  • Abstract

    The National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (NAMCS) supply data on ambulatory medical care provided in physicians' offices. The 1985 survey, the tenth in a series of annual surveys, contains information from approximately 2,879 physicians. Data are available on the number of office visits by the patient, the nature and length of the visits, the patient's problem, the physician's diagnosis, and the kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered. Information is also included on the physician's specialization, type of practice, and geographical location. Demographic information on patients was also collected.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-03 / 1986-02
    Time period: 1985-03--1986-02
  • 1985-03 / 1986-02
    Collection date: 1985-03--1986-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Office visits made within the contiguous United States by ambulatory patients of nonfederal physicians who were primarily involved in office practice, but not engaged in the specialties of radiology, pathology, or anesthesiology.
National multistage probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Within the series of questions on medication ordered or provided (Item 16) an undocumented code, 32690, appears on several records. This response likely can be disregarded because other variables relating to medication provided contain missing data whenever associated with the undocumented code.

2008-09-15 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8902 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1989): National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1985. Version 1. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.