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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.

NSLTCP:

  • 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 has conducted two waves of NSLTCP since 2012. Findings from these waves are available from the Study Results and Publications pages. Please sign up for the Long-Term Care Listserv to be notified when new products are published. Questionnaires from the 2012 and 2014 survey wave can be found on the NSLTCP Questionnaires, Datasets, and Related Documentation page

The restricted 2012 and 2014 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through the Research Data Center.  

NCHS will begin fielding the third wave of the adult day and residential care surveys in the summer of 2016.  

For more information and announcements:

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