National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1979-2006

The National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1979-2006, part of ICPSR’s National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging,  collects medical and demographic information annually from a sample of hospital discharge records. Variables include patients’ demographic characteristics (sex, age, race, marital status), dates of admission and discharge, source and type of admission, status at discharge, final diagnoses, surgical and nonsurgical procedures, dates of surgeries, and sources of payment. Information on hospital characteristics such as bed size, ownership, and region of the country is also included.

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