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National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1989

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 1989 survey contains information from 38,384 patient visits to 1,421 physicians. Data are available on the patient's reason for the visit, the physician's diagnosis, and the kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered. Information is included on the physician's specialization and geographic location. Demographic information on patients, such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity, was also collected.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989
  • 1989 / 1990
    Collection date: 1989--1990
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Office visits made within the United States by patients of nonfederally employed physicians who were primarily involved in office-based patient care activities, but not engaged in the specialties of radiology, pathology, or anesthesiology.
The 1989 NAMCS utilized a multistage probability sample design. Primary sampling units were selected in the first stage, physician practices within PSUs in the second stage, and patient visits to selected physicians in the third stage.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9830 (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 (1993): National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1989. Version 1. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.