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Aligning Forces for Quality Evaluation: Consumer Survey Round 2, 2011-2012

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Scanlon, Dennis
Other Title
  • AF4Q (Alternative Title)
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
asthma; cardiovascular disease; depression (psychology); diabetes; health care; health care services; hypertension
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted as part of the evaluation of the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative, which is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's effort to lift the overall quality of health care in 17 targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models of national reform. The survey was administered to adults with one or more of five chronic illnesses, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma and depression, in the AF4Q communities and a national sample residing in non-AF4Q communities to provide a basis for comparison between the AF4Q communities and the rest of the United States. Survey questions focused on patient activation; consumer knowledge of publicly available performance reports that highlight quality differences among physicians, hospitals, and health plans; the ability to be an effective consumer in the context of a physician visit; patient knowledge about her/his illness; skills and willingness to self-manage one's illness; the impact of insurance and payment models; and the relationship between out-of-pocket costs and health care utilization. In 2011 the AF4Q evaluation team contracted with RTI International (RTI) to conduct the Aligning Forces for Quality Consumer Survey 2.0 (AF4Q 2.0).
  • Abstract

    Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help communities dramatically improve the quality of the health care they provide. The AF4Q specifically aims to align three key drivers of quality improvement: Performance measurement and public reporting; capacity for quality improvement; and consumer engagement.
  • 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 online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The second round of the survey consisted of both panel respondents (individuals who also participated in round 1) and a new Random Digit Dial (RDD) sample. The panel sample had an unweighted response rate of 63.3% (60.9% weighted). RDD cases were classified based on their response and eligibility for the screener and the full interview. The RDD sample had an unweighted American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) response rate of 16.5% (9.9% weighted).
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Public-Use Version of the Data
    • DS2: Restricted-Use Version of the Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2011--2012
  • 2011 / 2012
  • Collection date: 2011-07--2012-11
  • 2011-07 / 2012-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult-aged individuals with one of more of the following chronic illnesses: asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and depression. Smallest Geographic Unit: City
For the panel component of the survey, respondents from the first round of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) data collection who agreed to a follow-up were sampled and contacted for the AF4Q 2.0. RTI International (RTI) fielded a total of 7,445 sample records. All baseline respondents sampled for the panel component were considered eligible for AF4Q 2.0 except those who were identified as either institutionalized or deceased. The Random Digit Dial (RDD) component of the sample was a dual frame design comprised of landline and cell phone samples. RTI designed new cross-sectional samples for the 16 markets surveyed in the baseline AF4Q study, including 15 AF4Q markets and a national control sample. In addition, RTI designed four supplemental samples for markets where counties have been added to the original AF4Q communities since baseline.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Funding institution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (64072).
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
  • 37220 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-14 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-14

Scanlon, Dennis (2019): Aligning Forces for Quality Evaluation: Consumer Survey Round 2, 2011-2012. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.