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National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1984

Resource Type
Dataset : clinical data, survey 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 survey, which is part of a continuing sample of hospital discharge records, supplies medical and demographic information used to calculate statistics on hospital utilization. The data collection consists of data abstracted from the face sheets of the medical records for sampled inpatients discharged from a national sample of nonfederal short-stay hospitals. The variables include information on the patient's demographic characteristics (sex, age, date of birth, race, marital status), dates of admission and discharge, status at discharge, diagnoses, procedures performed, source of payment, and hospital characteristics such as bedsize, ownership, and region of the country.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1984
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Short-stay, noninstitutional hospitals, exclusive of federal hospitals, which were located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and were included in the National Master Facility Inventory of Hospitals and Institutions.
All hospitals with 1,000 beds or more in the original universe of short-stay hospitals were selected with certainty in the sample. All hospitals with fewer than 1,00 beds were stratified, the primary stratum depending on size and geographic region. Within each of these 24 primary strata, the allocation of the hospitals was made through a controlled selection technique so that hospitals in the sample would be properly distributed with regard to type of ownership and geographic division. Sample hospitals were drawn with probabilities ranging from certainty for the largest hospitals to 1 in 40 for the smallest hospitals. A total of 407 hospitals in the sample were in scope and agreed to participate. The within-hospital sampling ratio for selecting sample discharges varied inversely with the probability of selection of the hospital. The smallest sampling fraction of discharged patients was taken in the largest hospitals, and the largest fraction was taken in the smallest hospitals. In nearly all hospitals, the daily listing sheet of discharges was the frame from which the subsamples of discharges were selected within the sample hospitals. The sample discharges were selected by a random technique, usually on the basis of the terminal digit(s) of the patient's medical record number--a number assigned when the patient was admitted. The sample represents 0.5 percent of the 37 million discharges in 1984.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blanks.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9171 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1989): National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1984. Archival Version. National Hospital Discharge Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.