Data Sources—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

 


National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies.

Mode of Administration

Computer-assisted personal interviews and audio computer-assisted self-interviews.

Survey Sample Design

NSDUH uses a multistage area probability sample for each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The sample is stratified on multiple levels, beginning with States. Eight States are considered large sample States and contribute approximately 3,600 respondents per State. The remaining States are sampled to yield 900 respondents per State. The second level of stratification divides States into Field Interviewer regions. The third level of stratification divides the Field Interviewer regions into area segments of adjacent census blocks, which are used as the primary sampling units.

Description

NSDUH reports on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population age 12 and over. Data are collected on the use of illicit drugs, the nonmedical use of legal drugs, and use of alcohol and tobacco products. Data are also collected on serious psychological distress, major depressive episodes, mental health treatment, treatment for substance use disorders, criminal behavior, attitudes toward substance use, and a variety of other issues. The survey is conducted annually and is designed to produce drug and alcohol use incidence and prevalence estimates.

Primary Survey Content

Patient demographics, age at first use, and lifetime, annual, and past-month usage for the following drug classes: marijuana, cocaine/crack, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

Population Targeted

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population age 12 and over.

Demographic Data

Age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, education, employment status, veteran status, current household composition.

Years Collected

Since 1979.

Schedule

Annual.

Geographic Estimates

National, State.

Notes

Before 2002, this survey was known as the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Administration and methods for this series changed in 2002; therefore, the data from 2002 and later may not be comparable with data collected in earlier years.

Contact Information

Agency home page: http://www.samhsa.gov.

Data source home page: http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh.htm.

 


Substance Abuse Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies.

Description

TEDS includes data on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions to facilities that are licensed or certified by State substance abuse agencies to provide substance abuse treatment. TEDS includes data routinely collected by States as they monitor their substance abuse treatment systems. Facilities reporting to TEDS are generally those that receive State substance abuse treatment funds, including Federal Block Grant funds. The scope of facilities included in TEDS may differ from State to State due to differences in State systems of licensure, certification, accreditation, and funds disbursement. Private for-profit facilities, hospitals, and State correctional facilities may be excluded from TEDS if not licensed through the State substance abuse agency. TEDS does not include data from facilities operated by Federal agencies.

Mode of Administration

TEDS consolidates data from State administrative systems collecting information about admissions to and discharges from facilities treating alcohol and drug abuse.

Primary Survey Content

Patient demographics; primary, secondary, and tertiary substance.

Population Targeted

Admissions to publicly funded substance abuse treatment facilities.

Demographic Data

Age, gender, ethnicity, race, employment status.

Years Collected

Since 1992.

Schedule

Monthly or quarterly submissions from States; annual report.

Geographic Estimates

National, State.

Contact Information

Agency home page: http://www.samhsa.gov.

Data system home page: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/DASIS.htm.

 

Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Data Sources—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr08/datasources/samhsa.html