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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 diverse LTC field.


  • 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 sectors at a similar point in time and over time.

NCHS ended fielding of the 2018 NSLTCP in February, 2019. Findings from the 2012, 2014, and 2016 survey 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, 2014, 2016, and 2018 survey waves can be found on the NSLTCP Questionnaires, Datasets, and Related Documentation page.

The restricted 2012, 2014, and 2016 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through the Research Data Center.

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