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Study Report

Study Number: QG-030-017-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1996

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: National ambulatory medical care survey, 1996.  [machine-readable data file] / United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 2355

Date Accessioned: 10/27/1999

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: Data set is also stored on the ICPSR Periodic Release CD-ROM, issued April 1999: PCD99002

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 9/20/1999

Documentation: Codebook available in PDF from ICPSR web site.

Abstract: The National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (NAMCS) supply data on ambulatory medical care provided in physicians' offices. The 1996 survey contains information from 29,805 patient visits to 1,500 physicians' offices. Data is available on the patient's smoking habits, reason for the visit, expected source of payment, the physician's diagnosis, and the kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered. Other variables cover drugs/medications ordered, administered, or provided during office visits, such as medication code, generic name and code, brand name, entry status, prescription status, federal controlled substance status, composition status, and related ingredient codes. Information is included on the physician's specialization and geographic location. Demographic information on patients, such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity, was also collected.

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