Health Care Access, Telemedicine, and Loss of Work Due to Illness
The Research and Development Survey (RANDS) is a platform designed for conducting survey question evaluation and statistical research. RANDS is an ongoing series of surveys from probability-sampled commercial survey panels used for methodological research at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). RANDS estimates were generated using an experimental approach that differs from the survey design approaches generally used by NCHS, including possible biases from different response patterns and increased variability from lower sample sizes. Use of the RANDS platform allowed NCHS to produce more timely data than would have been possible using our traditional data collection methods. RANDS is not designed to replace NCHS’ higher quality, core data collections. Below we provide experimental estimates of a selected number of key issues – loss of work due to illness with COVID-19, telemedicine access and use before and during the pandemic, and reduced access to specific types of health care due to the pandemic. Two rounds of RANDS during COVID-19 data collection are planned, and data collection for the first round occurred between June 9, 2020 and July 6, 2020. The data presented here are from the first round only. Information needed to interpret these estimates can be found in the Technical Notes.