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National Long-Term Care Survey, 1982-1984 [United States]

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Title:National Long-Term Care Survey, 1982-1984 [United States]
Study Number:665
Catalog Date:05/27/1998
Primary Investigator(s):United States Department of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Health Care Financing Administration
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:The 1982-1984 National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS) was designed to provide a database describing the population of chronically disabled elderly persons in the United States in terms of their health and functional status, and their patterns of use of Medicare, hospital care, home health services, and institutional care. The 1982 Survey focused on the home-dwelling impaired elderly aged 65 and over. A Survey of Informal Caretakers of those elderly respondents was also conducted in 1982. Information was collected on the number and type of physical limitations affecting aged persons, the kind and amount of help received by impaired individuals, the costs of health care services, the ability of impaired persons and their families to pay for care, and the number and characteristics of impaired individuals not receiving care. The linked Survey of Informal Caregivers collected data on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, the relationship between caregivers and impaired persons, the kinds of care provided, expense and time costs, inconveniences and problems, mobility and work restrictions due to the caretaking, and feelings about caregiving. The 1984 Survey not only reinterviewed the surviving 1982 home-dwelling cohort, but also interviewed for the first time the chronically impaired in the original screening file who in 1982 had been institutionalized, or who had become 65 and impaired since 1982. Further data were collected from the next-of-kin of deceased members of the 1982 and 1984 samples and from Medicare Part A and Part B Home Health Agency payments during the years 1978-1986. Thus, the expanded scope of the 1982-1984 NLTCS recorded changes in the elderly population over time with respect to impairments, use of medical services and informal care, residence at home or in institutions, and mortality.
Universe:Persons in the United States 65 years old and older with limitations in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), who were either living in the community (1982 and 1984 surveys) or institutionalized (1984 survey only).

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