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About the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

The main goals of NSLTCP are to:

  1. Estimate the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care services providers.
  2. Estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices.
  3. Produce national and state-level estimates, where feasible.
  4. Compare estimates among sectors.
  5. Monitor trends over time.

NSLTCP replaces NCHS’ previous National Nursing Home Survey, National Home and Hospice Care Survey, and National Survey of Residential Care Facilities. NSLTCP was designed to be responsive to multiple factors: NCHS’ 2009 Board of Scientific Counselors external review panel’s key recommendation to integrate all existing and future LTC provider surveys into a unified study; challenges NCHS has faced with previous long-term care provider surveys; and NCHS’ goal to monitor the continual changes occurring in the LTC field in a time of increasingly limited resources.


  • Provides information on five major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers and service users.
  • Uses existing administrative data on nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices.
  • Collects primary data on adult day services centers and residential care communities via nationally representative surveys because national administrative data are not available on these providers.
  • Allows comparisons among provider sectors at a similar point in time and over time.

NCHS implemented the first wave of NSLTCP in 2012 and released the first NSLTCP overview report [PDF - 2.9 MB] in December 2013. The restricted 2012 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through NCHS’ Research Data Center. Other first wave products have been recently released and are available for download in the Study Results and Publications section.

NCHS completed fielding the second wave of the adult day and residential care surveys between June and December 2014. Information was obtained from mail and web questionnaires administered to directors (or their designees) of adult day services centers and residential care communities. Please sign-up for our listserv to keep track of products published using data from the 2014 survey wave.

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