Research and Development Survey (RANDS)

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The Research and Development Survey (RANDS) is an ongoing series of surveys conducted by the Division of Research and Methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics. These surveys use recruited, probability-sampled, commercial survey panels, and are designed to explore the feasibility of using these panels to collect information on national health outcomes and to augment NCHS’ question evaluation and research program with quantitative methodologies for measuring error.

Research involving RANDS has included methods to detect measurement error and to calibrate survey estimates. Several topics have been included on the RANDS questionnaires, including access to healthcare and utilization, chronic conditions, food security, general health, health insurance, opioid use, physical activity, psychological distress, and smoking.

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