About Health Care Surveys
The National Health Care Surveys are designed to answer key questions of interest to health care policy makers, public health professionals, and researchers. These can include the factors that influence the use of health care resources, the quality of health care, including safety, and disparities in health care services provided to population subgroups in the United States.
Collectively, our surveys have a combination of design features that make them unique. The surveys are nationally representative, provider-based, and cover a broad spectrum of health care settings. Within each setting, data are collected from a sample of organizations that provide care (such as home health care agencies, inpatient hospital units, or physician offices) and from samples of patient (or discharge) encounters within the sampled organizations.
Each one of the National Health Care Surveys collects core information which remains stable over time. Consequently, trends in the types of care delivered in each setting can be monitored in an objective and reliable manner and can be examined in relation to characteristics of providers, patients, and clinical management of patients' care. In addition, the surveys are flexible enough to accommodate special data collection modules and to sample new provider organizations as new information is needed.
Data from the National Health Care Surveys have a wide variety of uses in answering key questions of interest to health services researchers and policy makers about what drives the cost and quality of health care. Select a topic to see examples of uses within each of the following areas.
- Quality, including patient safety
- Disparities in health care
- Resource use, including cost and staffing
- Diffusion of technologies
- Surgical procedures
- Patterns of care for specific conditions
- Special topics
The National Health Care Surveys have professionals dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and disseminating critical health care information for the entire nation. For assistance with technical questions about our surveys, or to make suggestions or comments about how we can better serve you, e-mail us.
The National Health Care Surveys are conducted by the Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS), National Center for Health Statistics. The Division has three branches and an Office of the Director.
For more information, call: 301-458-4655
Division Office of the Director 301-458-4655
Clarice Brown, Director
Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch 301-458-4600
Paul C. Beatty, Chief
Long-term Care Statistics Branch 301-458-4747
Lauren Harris-Kojetin, Chief
Technical Services Branch 301-458-4900
Charles Adams, Chief