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Study Report

Study Number: QG-044-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1990

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Assessment of a program of public information on health care reform [Wichita, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa].  [machine-readable data file] / Daniels, Sally  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6066

Date Accessioned: 1/20/1997

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: All data files and "readme" files for each of the studies on this CD-ROM are provided as ASCII text files, and all codebooks and files with supplementary documentation are supplied in PDF. For some studies on this CD-ROM, data files are provided in portable SAS or SPSS files as well as in ASCII format. Additionally, some data files are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements

Access Status: Access limited to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 1/20/1997

Documentation: Machine-readable; documentation is provided in a combination of ASCII text and PDF files . The CD-ROM includes Adobe Acrobat Reader software which can be used to view, search, and print the PDF files.

Abstract: The purpose of this data collection was to assess the impact on public opinion of an informational program on health care reform in the United States. This educational campaign, designed and carried out by the Public Agenda Foundation with the cooperation of various media and community organizations, was intended to inform the public in targeted communities about the condition of the United States health care system, particularly regarding cost and accessibility of health care, and various reform initiatives being debated by policymakers. A pre- and post-treatment survey design with controls was used. Surveys were conducted in Wichita, Kansas (the treatment community) before and after the program was administered in that city. Parallel surveys were conducted in Des Moines, Iowa (the control community), where the program was not introduced. In both cities, respondents were asked their opinions about the cost of health care, access to health care, and health care reform, including willingness to pay more taxes for health care. In addition, respondents were queried about the status of health insurance coverage for themselves and their families, and how satisfied they were with the health care services that they and their families had received in the last few years. The surveys also solicited opinions concerning other issues, such as crime and drug abuse, the economy and unemployment, race relations, the quality of public school education, pollution and the environment, alcoholism, and homelessness. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, marital status, education, employment, and family income.

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