2012 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

Data Sources—Health Resources and Services Administration

National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)

Sponsor

Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Description

NSCH explores the extent to which children with special health care needs have medical homes, adequate health insurance, access to needed services, and adequate care coordination. Other topics may include functional difficulties, transition services, shared decisionmaking, and satisfaction with care. Interviews were conducted with parents or guardians who know about the child's health. More than 190,000 households throughout the United States that have children are screened to identify approximately 750 children with special health care needs in each State and the District of Columbia.

Survey Sample Design

Like all modules of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS), NSCH uses the sample frame of the National Immunization Survey (NIS). NIS is a household telephone survey that calls more than 1 million telephone numbers each year to locate a sufficient sample of households that include children in a very narrow age range, 19-35 months. Since most households do not contain children in that age range, most households contacted are not eligible for NIS. SLAITS makes efficient and cost-effective use of this sample frame to field large-scale population-based surveys with a prescreened sample of households.

Primary Survey Content

Topics measured for all children:

  • Health and functional status, special health care needs, immunizations.
  • Health insurance coverage, adequacy of coverage.
  • Health care access and utilization.
  • Medical home, referrals, care coordination, family-centered care.
  • Family functioning, parent-child relationship, stress.
  • Parental health, exercise, smoking.
  • Neighborhood and community characteristics, amenities, perceived safety.

Topics measured for age-specific groups:

  • Early childhood (ages 0-5): developmental screening, child care, injuries, breastfeeding, and intrafamily social interactions such as reading.
  • Middle childhood and adolescence (ages 6-17): school engagement, afterschool activities, sleep and exercise, reading and computing, television, and social behavior.

Population Targeted

Noninstitutionalized U.S. children ages 0-17 years.

Demographic Data

  • Child demographics (age, sex, race/ethnicity, place of birth: in or out of United States).
  • Household demographics (income, highest education, primary language, numbers of adults and children).
  • Family demographics (family structure, relationships of household members to child, marital status of parents, place of birth of parents).
  • Contextual demographics (State, metropolitan status).

Years Collected

2001, 2005-2006, and 2009-2010.

Schedule

Every 4 years, on an alternating schedule with the National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs.

Geographic Estimates

National and State.

Contact Information

Agency home page: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/.

Data system home page: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits.htm.

References

Blumberg SJ, Foster EB, Frasier AM, et al. Design and operation of the National Survey of Children's Health, 2007. Vital Health Stat 2012;1(55). Available at: http://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/11989/.

Blumberg SJ, Olson L, Frankel MR, et al. Design and operation of the National Survey of Children's Health, 2005-6. Vital Health Stat 2008;1(45). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_01/sr01_045.pdf [Plugin Software Help].

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Uniform Data System (UDS)

Sponsor

Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primacy Health Care (BPHC).

Description

UDS is an integrated reporting system used by all grantees of BPHC's Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, and Public Housing Primary Care programs. Clinical, operational, and financial data collected are used to monitor and evaluate BPHC programs and to analyze annual trends.

Primary Survey Content

UDS tracks a variety of information, including patient demographics, services provided, staffing, clinical indicators, utilization rates, costs, and revenues. UDS data are collected from grantees and reported at the grantee, State, and national levels.

Population Targeted

Patients using HRSA-supported health centers in the United States.

Demographic Data

Age, gender, race, ethnicity and language, income.

Years Collected

2006-2010.

Data Collection Schedule

Data are reported annually in the first quarter of the year.

Geographic Estimates

National and State.

Contact Information

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

Data system home page: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/healthcenterdatastatistics/index.html.

References

For more details, refer to the UDS description documents available in the datasets and documentation section at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/healthcenterdatastatistics/reporting/2010manual.pdf [Plugin Software Help].

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Current as of June 2013
Internet Citation: 2012 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports: Data Sources—Health Resources and Services Administration. June 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/datasources/hrsa.html