ERIC Number: ED096516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: Background and Methodology. United States-1967-72. Vital and Health Statistics. Data Evaluation and Methods Research. Series 2, No. 61.
National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
The report describes the initial design and the preliminary background exploration, subsequent development, and feasibility testing of methods for conducting a continuing National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). Selected feasibility study findings are presented to illustrate collected data and suggest kinds of information that may be expected when substantive survey results become available on a continuing national basis. NAMCS was authorized to gather and disseminate statistical information about ambulatory health care provided by office-based physicians to the population of the United States. Ambulatory health care is defined as health services rendered individuals under their own cognizance, at a time when they are not in a hospital or other health care institution. Thirteen pages of detailed tables present the survey results regarding annual volume (1967-1972) and rates of patient visits for population groups, medical specialty groups, and geographic areas. Quantitative descriptions of visit characteristics include tabulations of patient's problems, reasons for visit, diagnoses, services, treatment, and subsequent disposition. The 40-page appendix presents the data collection forms for the survey and field tests. (AG)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Feasibility Studies, Medical Research, Medical Services, National Surveys, Research Design, Research Methodology, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.