Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QG-071-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1996

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Community tracking study household survey, 1996-1997, and followback survey, 1997-1998.  [machine-readable data file] / Center for Studying Health System Change  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 2524

Date Accessioned: 9/17/2004

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: All the files are stored under directory, HHOLD_96 on ICPSR CD0038 (DP7333). Reports based on the data from this study can be found under directory /PUBS/C_REP_96 on the same CD. Users are advised to download the data directly from ICPSR. For more information about Center for Studying Health System Change, please visit its web site. To use the restricted version of this study, read this Restricted Data Use Agreement first.

Access Status: Access limited to UW Campus

Date Ordered: 9/1/2004

Documentation: Codebook and user's guides in PDF format, SAS and SPSS statement files, data map in raw ASCII text format and community reports, 1996-1997 in PDF format.

Abstract: This data collection comprises two components of the Community Tracking Study (CTS), the Household Survey and the Followback Survey. The CTS, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national study designed to track changes in the health care system and the effects of these changes on care delivery and on individuals. Central to the design of the CTS is its community focus. Sixty sites (51 metropolitan areas and 9 nonmetropolitan areas) were randomly selected to form the core of the CTS and to be representative of the nation as a whole. The Household Survey was administered to households in the 60 CTS sites and to a supplemental national sample of households. At the beginning of each interview, a household informant was identified and queried about the composition of the household. With this information, individuals in the household were grouped into family insurance units (FIU). An FIU reflects family groupings typically used by insurance carriers. It includes an adult household member, his or her spouse, if any, and any dependent children 0-17 years of age (or 18-22 years of age if a full-time student). Family informants, selected from each FIU in the household, provided information on health insurance coverage, health care use, usual source of care, and the general health of all persons in the FIU. These informants also provided information on family income and out-of-pocket expenses for health care, as well as employment, race, and Hispanic origin for all adult FIU members. Each adult in the household, including the FIU informants, responded through a self-response module to questions regarding unmet health care needs, patient trust, satisfaction with physician choice, limitations in daily activities, smoking behaviors, and last doctor visit. In FIUs with more than one child under 18, only one child was randomly selected for inclusion in the survey. The family informant responded on behalf of the child regarding unmet needs and satisfaction with physician choice. The adult family member who took this child to his or her last doctor visit responded to questions about the visit. The Followback Survey was designed to obtain detailed information on private health insurance coverage reported in the Household Survey. It was administered to health plans and other organizations that offered or administered the comprehensive private health insurance policies covering Household Survey respondents in the 60 CTS sites. Information on private health insurance policies collected by the Followback Survey includes product type, gatekeeping, consumer cost sharing, provider payment methods, and coverage of mental health and/or substance abuse services.

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