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Finding Datasets for Secondary Analysis

A list of datasets that are available for public use

1.    National Center for Health Statistics

  • Life Tables
  • Longitudinal Studies of Aging (LSOAs)
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)
  • National Health Care Survey (NHCS)
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • National Immunization Survey (NIS)
  • National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
  • State & Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS)
  • Vital Statistics: National Vital Statistics System
  • 2015 Linked Mortality Files (NDI and 1986-2014 NHIS, 1999-2014 NHANES and NHANES III)            

2.     National Longitudinal Survey (NLSY)

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97)
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)
  • NLSY79 Children and Young Adults
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Young Women and Mature Women
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Young Men and Mature Men

3.     Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) healthcare databases

  • Public access through HCUPNet
  • The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS)
  • The Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID)
  • The State Inpatient Databases (SID)
  • The State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD)
  • The State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD)

4.      Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

  • Household Component Full-Year files
  • Household Component Event files
  • Household Component Point-in-time files
  • Pooled Linkage files
  • MEPSnet query tool

5.     Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • MCBS Public Use File
  • Minimum Data Sets 2.0 Public Quality Indicator and Resident Reports
  • Basic Stand Alone (BSA) Medicare Claims Public Use Files (PUFs)
  • Medicare Claims Synthetic Public Use Files (SynPUFs)
  • Value Modifier Public Use File

6.      American Hospital Association Annual Survey

7.      Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS; public data only)

8.      Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS; public data only)

9.      Demographic Health Survey (DHS), Standard and Interim Surveys

10.    Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

11.     Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

12.     HIV Prevention Trials Network D01: Vaccine Preparedness Study/Uninfected Protocol Cohort – 4 files

13.      Hospital Compare

14.       National Comorbidity Survey

15.        Medicare Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS)

16.        National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)-Wave 1 & Wave 2

17.        National Survey of Children’s Health (public version)

18.        National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (public version)

19.        Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)

20.        American College of Surgeons National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB)

21.       Add Health ; The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health