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Health Tracking Household Survey, 2010 [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Center for Studying Health System Change
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Community Tracking Study Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
doctor visits; health care; health care access; health care costs; health care facilities; health care utilization; health insurance; physician choice
  • Abstract

    This is the second survey in the Health Tracking Household Survey (HTHS) series, the successor to the Community Tracking Study (CTS) Household Surveys. The CTS Household Surveys were conducted in 1996-1997 (ICPSR 2524), 1998-1999 (ICPSR 3199), 2000-2001 (ICPSR 3764), and 2003 (ICPSR 4216), and the first HTHS survey was conducted in 2007 (ICPSR 26001). Although the HTHS questionnaires are similar to the CTS Household Survey questionnaires, the HTHS sampling design does not have the community focus intrinsic to CTS. Whereas the CTS design focused on 60 nationally representative communities with sample sizes large enough to draw conclusions about health system change in 12 communities, the HTHS design is a national sample not aimed at measuring change within communities. Hence, "Community" was dropped from the study title. Like the previous surveys, this survey collected information on health insurance coverage, use of health services, health expenses, satisfaction with health care and physician choice, unmet health care needs, usual source of care and patient trust, health status, and adult chronic conditions. In addition, the survey inquired about perceptions of care delivery and quality, problems with paying medical bills, use of in-store retail and onsite workplace health clinics, patient engagement with health care, sources of health information, and shopping for health care. At the beginning of the interview, a household informant provided information about the composition of the household which was used to group the household members into family insurance units (FIU). Each FIU comprised an adult household member, his or her spouse or domestic partner (same sex and other unmarried partners), if any, and any dependent children 0-17 years of age or 18-22 years of age if a full-time student (even if living outside the household). In each FIU in the household, a FIU informant provided information on insurance coverage, health care use, usual source of care, and general health status of all FIU members. This informant also provided information on family income as well as employment, earnings, employer-offered insurance plans, and race/ethnicity for all adult FIU members. Moreover, every adult in each FIU (including the FIU informant) responded through a self-response module to questions that could not be answered reliably by proxy respondents, such as questions about unmet needs, usual source of care, assessments of the quality of care, consumer engagement, satisfaction with physician choice, use of health information, health care shopping, and detailed health questions. The FIU informants responded on behalf of children regarding unmet needs, satisfaction with physician choice, and use of health care information.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The household-level response rate was 42 percent and FIU-level response rate was 40 percent.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Public-Use Data
    • DS2: Restricted-Use Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 2010-04 / 2011-03
    Time period: 2010-04--2011-03
  • 2010-04 / 2011-03
    Collection date: 2010-04--2011-03
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian household population of the contiguous United States
Households were selected using random-digit-dialing sampling of landline and cellular phones. This was the first HTHS/CTS survey to introduce a sample of cellular phone numbers. The survey obtained information about every adult and one child under age 18 (if present) in each FIU. In FIUs with more than one child under age 18, one child was randomly selected for inclusion in the survey.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    Additional information about this study can be found on the Web site of the Center for Studying Health System Change.

One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34141 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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  • O'Malley, Ann S.. After-hours access to primary care practices linked with lower emergency department use and less unmet medical need. Health Affairs.32, (1), 175-183.2013.
    • ID: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.0494 (DOI)
  • Tu, Ha T., Boukus, Ellyn R.. Despite Rapid Growth, Retail Clinic Use Remains Modest. Research Brief 29: Findings from HSC.Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2013.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Berenson, Robert A., Ginsburg, Paul B., Christianson, Jon B., Yee, Tracy. The growing power of some providers to win steep payment increases from insurers suggests policy remedies may be needed. Health Affairs.31, (5), 973-981.2012.
    • ID: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0920 (DOI)
  • Boukus, Ellyn R., Carrier, Emily R.. Americans' Access to Prescription Drugs Stabilizes, 2007-2010. Tracking Report: Results from the Health Tracking Household Survey.27, Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Boukus, Ellyn R., Cunningham, Peter J.. Mixed Signals: Trends in Americans' Access to Medical Care, 2007-2010. Tracking Report.No. 25, Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Felland, Laurie E., Grossman, Joy M., Tu, Ha T.. Key Findings from HSC's 2010 Site Visits: Health Care Markets Weather Economic Downturn, Brace for Health Reform. Issue Brief: Findings from HSC.135, Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • O'Malley, Ann S., Bond, Amelia M., Berrenson, Robert A.. Rising Hospital Employment of Physicians: Better Quality, Higher Costs?. Issue Brief.136, Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
  • Sommers, Anna, Cunningham, Peter J.. Medical Bill Problems Steady for U.S. Families, 2007-2010. Tracking Report: Results from the Health Tracking Household Survey.28, Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Tu, Ha T.. Surprising Decline in Consumers Seeking Health Information. Tracking Report: Results from the Health Tracking Household Study.26, Washington, DC: Center for Studying Health System Change. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Center for Studying Health System Change (2012): Health Tracking Household Survey, 2010 [United States]. Version 1. Community Tracking Study Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.