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National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Long-Term Care Supplement [Public Use Tape 10]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Medical Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
activities of daily living; assisted living facilities; assistive devices; health care costs; health care services; health expenditures; health insurance; health services utilization; institutional care; insurance coverage; long term care; medical care; nursing homes; payment methods; supportive services
  • Abstract

    The Long-Term Care (LTC) Supplement contains data on the functional status of persons responding to Rounds 1 and 4 of the Household Survey of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES). The series of questions on functional status includes items on Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL), continence, and use of special equipment. For those persons having at least one ADL or IADL difficulty, questions were asked about use of community services such as adult day care, senior centers, home-delivered and congregate meals, special transportation, and telephone assurance. Information was also sought on prior nursing home stays, and financial help from someone outside of the household. The Demographics and Sampling Weights file contains person-level data for individuals who responded for their entire period of NMES eligibility (Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4). Each record contains person identifiers, selected characteristics including age, sex, race/ethnicity, and census region, dates of interview, a response-per-round indicator for the LTC Supplements, imputation flags for ADL/IADL, and sampling weight variables. The LTC Supplement population represented in File 2 is a subset of persons in File 1. File 2 is composed of separate records for LTC data collected during Round 1 (N=33,971) and during Round 4 (N=33,986).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Long-Term Care Supplement, Demographic and Weight Variables
    • DS2: Long-Term Care Supplement, Round 1 and Round 4 Variables
    • DS3: SAS Control Cards
    • DS4: Data Dictionary and Technical and Programming Information
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987 / 1988
    Time period: 1987--1988
  • Collection date: 1987
  • Collection date: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
The Household Survey is a national probability sample of about 17,500 households in the national multistage area samples of Westat and NORC, with oversamples of population segments known to be at risk of needing or using services for chronic impairments or long-term illness, in particular the elderly, the functionally impaired, poor and low-income families, and Black and Hispanic minorities.
Collection Mode
  • The demographic data in File 1 replace corresponding data items previously released in the NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY I, POPULATION AND HOME HEALTH PROVIDERS (ICPSR 9339).

    The data in File 2 replace LTC items previously released inthe aforementioned study.

    Both weighted and unweighted frequencies are provided in the codebook. The File 1 unweighted age distribution at first interview was 0-17 years (N=9,915), 18-54 years (N=16,059), 55-64 years (N=3,031), and 65+ years (N=5,454). The race/ethnic distribution was white (N=24,589), Black (N=7,519), Asian/Pacific (N=510), Hispanic (N = 3,703), and other (N=1,841).

    The data include dashes, decimal points, and blank characters.

2006-01-18 File CB9675.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9675 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09675.v1
  • Miller, Baila, Campbell, Richard T., Davis, Lucille, Furner, Sylvia, Giachello, Aida. Minority use of community long-term care services: a comparative analysis. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.51B, (2), S70-S81.1996.
    • ID: 10.1093/geronb/51B.2.S70 (DOI)
  • Cohen, S.B., DiGaetano, R., Waksberg, J.. Sample design of the National Medical Expenditure Survey--Household Component. meeting of the American Statistical Association, Section of Survey Research.. 1987.

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

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (1992): National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Long-Term Care Supplement [Public Use Tape 10]. Archival Version. National Medical Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.