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National Hospital Discharge Survey: 1979, 1980, and 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; health care facilities; health services utilization; hospitalization; hospitals; illness; medical care; medical evaluation; medical procedures; medical records; patients; payment methods; treatment
  • Abstract

    The National Hospital Discharge Survey provides data on the utilization of nonfederal short-stay hospitals. It is a continuous survey based on a sample of medical records of patients discharged from a national sample of these hospitals. The survey contains information on the patients' demographic characteristics (sex, date of birth, age, race, and marital status), dates of admission and discharge, discharge status, diagnoses, and surgery performed.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Created online analysis version with question text..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data for 1979
    • DS2: Data for 1980
    • DS3: Data for 1981
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978 / 1981
    Time period: 1978--1981
  • 1979 / 1981
    Collection date: 1979--1981
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Discharges from short-stay hospitals listed in The National Master Facility Inventory of Hospitals and Institutions excluding military and VA hospitals as recorded on each hospital's daily discharge listing. Short-stay hospitals are defined as those facilities whose average inpatient stay is less than thirty days.
Sampling is done in two stages. Sample hospitals are drawn with probabilities ranging from certainty for large hospitals to 1 in 40 for the smallest hospitals. Sample discharges are then selected by a random technique based on the patient's medical record number. The sampling ratio for selecting sample discharges within each hospital varies inversely with the probability of selection of the hospital. This is to assure that the overall probability of selecting a discharge is the same in each size class.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain dash [-], equal sign [=], apostrophe ['], and right parenthesis [)] codes.

2009-01-22 The documentation has been updated.2008-11-18 New files were added. These files included one or more of the following: Stata setup, SAS transport (CPORT), SPSS system, Stata system, SAS supplemental syntax, and Stata supplemental syntax files, and a tab- delimited ASCII data file.;2006-01-18 File CB8600.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics.
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
  • 8600 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1987): National Hospital Discharge Survey: 1979, 1980, and 1981. Version 1. National Hospital Discharge Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.