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|Title:||National Hospital Discharge Survey: 1979, 1980, 1981: 1981 [United States]|
|Primary Investigator(s):||United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)|
|Abstract:||The National Hospital Discharge Survey provides data on the utilization of nonfederal short-stay hospitals. It is a continuous survey based on a sample of medical records of patients discharged from a national sample of these hospitals. The survey contains information on the patients' demographic characteristics (sex, date of birth, age, race, and marital status), dates of admission and discharge, discharge status, diagnoses, and surgery performed.|
|Universe:||Discharges from short-stay hospitals listed in The National Master Facility Inventory of Hospitals and Institutions excluding military and VA hospitals as recorded on each hospital's daily discharge listing. Short-stay hospitals are defined as those facilities whose average inpatient stay is less than thirty days.|