Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QG-014-003-1-1-United States-QRS-1999

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Area resource file (A.R.F.), 1999.  [machine-readable data file] / Office of Research and Planning. Bureau of Health Professions.  [principal investigator(s)] / Quality Resource Systems, Inc.  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: ARF0299

Date Accessioned: 7/20/1999

Number of Files Received: 4

Comments: The ARF, 1999 is received from Quality Resource Systems, Inc. ICPSR is no longer distributing this dataset. When use SAS to read the ARF data, RECFM=F should be included in the INFILE statement. 7/09 Files for this study are stored in a zip file, as a backup.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 6/1/1999

Documentation: One hard copy user's guide and one hard copy technical document. The user's guide is also in Word Perfect 5.1 format. The technical document file is also in raw ASCII format. A SAS definition file is also included.

Abstract: The Bureau of Health Professions Area Resource File is a county-based data file summarizing secondary data from a wide variety of sources to facilitate health analysis. This 1999 release of the Area Resource File contains over 7,000 data elements for all counties in the United States. Some of the data start from the 70s. The data elements include: (1) County descriptor codes, (name, FIPS, HSA, PSRO, MSA/PMSA, SEA, BEA, city size, Census Contiguous County, Area Health Education Center (AFHC), and 1997 Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), and etc.) (2) Health professions data (number of professionals registered as M.D., D.O., DDS, R.N., L.P.N., veterinarian, pharmacist, optometrist, podiatrist, and dental hygienist, along with critical shortage codes, physicians by specialty, and major professional activity), (3) Health facility data (hospital size, type, utilization, staffing and services, nursing home data, and HMO enrollment for 1976 through 1997), (4) Utilization data (rate, inpatient days, outpatient visits, and surgical operations), (5) Population data (size, composition, employment, education, housing, morbidity, natality, mortality by cause, sex, race, and age), (6) Economic data (total income, per capita income, median income, income distribution, and AFDC recipients), (7) Expenditure data (hospital expenditures, Medicare enrollments and reimbursements, and Medicare prevailing charge data), and (8) Environment data (land area, elevation, latitude and longitude of population centroid, water hardness index, and climate data). The primary drawback with the ARF is that it is not a primary data source. Since it is a secondary source, it incorporates all of the weaknesses and limitations of the more than 75 primary source files it integrates. 2) A related issue is that the year of any given variable's data is dependent on the data collection of the original source.

Media/File Reports:

7230 (CD-ROM)
7392 (CD-Rom)
7393 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)