Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QG-014-005-2-1-United States-QRS-2009

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Bureau of Health Professions area resource file (A.R.F.), 2009-2010 [Access].  [machine-readable data file] / Bureau of Health Professions. Health Resources and Services Administration.  [principal investigator(s)] / Quality Resource Systems, Inc.  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: ARF2009-2010Access

Date Accessioned: 10/18/2010

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Access interface was installed to a public-use PC (Wine) at DISC. Users can select variables, records and output the results in HTML, ASCII text, rich text, Excel and other formats. The ARF Access System is an Access database using Microsoft Access. Though Microsoft Access is required, no knowledge of MS Access is needed. This version has a built-in user friendly front-end that enables the user to extract the desired data in Access or Excel formats. Users can also access the data in MS Access tables directly. The ARF Access carries more historic data than the ARF ASCII file. There are approximately 22,000 variables for each county. Visit for information about current ARF data. ARF is now knows as Area Health Resource File (AHRF).

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison

Date Ordered: 10/15/2010

Documentation: Online help and documentation files within the Access interface. ARF variables can be searched at this site Check out National Center for Health Workforce Analysis for reports on health workforce in the U.S.

Abstract: The Area Resource File (ARF) is a national county-level health resources information system. The data is released annually. The ARF 2009-2010 contains information on more than 6,000 variables for each of the nation's counties. It has statistics on health resources such as, health care professions, health professions training, hospital utilization, and hospital expenditures. It also contains information on economic activity, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. This basic file includes geographic codes and descriptors which can be linked to many other files and to aggregate counties into various geographic groupings. All information is derived from existing data sources, such as the National Center for Health Statistics (mortality and natality records), American Hospital Association (facilities statistics), and American Medical Association (physician specialty data). More than 50 data source files are used, and millions of micro data records are processed to create the ARF. Reproduction for re-use or resale is not authorized without the expressed permission of the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Please note data from the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and InterStudy are subject to copyright restrictions; these data may not be copied or reproduced in whole or in part without the prior consent of the copyright owner.

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