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Finding Quality Doctors: How Americans Evaluate Provider Quality in the United States, 2014

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Tompson, Trevor (Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
health care; health care access; health care providers; health care quality; health insurance; physicians
  • Abstract

    This survey examined perceptions of health care provider quality in the United States. To that end, the survey respondents were asked what they thought was the most important factor that makes a high quality doctor or other health care provider and the most important factor that makes a poor quality one (hereafter "provider" denotes "doctor or other health care provider"). Additionally, respondents were asked about the importance of various provider attributes in their choice of a provider; whether there is a relationship between the quality and cost of health care; exposure to and trust in information about the quality of providers from various sources; and cost versus quality when choosing providers. Other topics covered by the survey include self-reported health, utilization of health care, quality of health care received and health insurance coverage. Background variables collected by the survey include age, sex, race, Hispanic ethnicity, marital status, education, employment status and political identification.
  • 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.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The final response rate was 25 percent, based on the American Association of Public Opinion Research Response Rate 3 method.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-05-27 / 2014-06-18
    Time period: 2014-05-27--2014-06-18
  • 2014-05-27 / 2014-06-18
    Collection date: 2014-05-27--2014-06-18
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Household population ages 18 and over in the United States
The sample was selected using random digit dialing of landline and cell phone numbers. One respondent was randomly selected in households with more than one adult age 18 or older.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    This is one of three surveys conducted under grant 71641, a project that investigated how information on quality and value impacts health care decision making. The other two surveys are Employer Perspectives on the Health Insurance Market: A Survey of Businesses in the United States, 2014 (ICPSR 36175) and Privately Insured in America: Opinions on Health Care Costs and Coverage, 2014 (ICPSR 36176).

Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (71641).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36055 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Finding Quality Doctors: How Americans Evaluate Provider Quality in the United States. Chicago, IL: The Associated Press and NORC. 2014.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-09-08 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2015-09-08

Tompson, Trevor (2015): Finding Quality Doctors: How Americans Evaluate Provider Quality in the United States, 2014. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.