Director, CHeSS Methods Core
Primary Data Collection
The Methods Core staff has extensive experience implementing a wide variety of data collection processes, from door-to-door surveys to online data capture. We can assist you with sample design, power analysis, data and capture process design. We create online surveys using Perseus.
The Methods Core can assist you with access to a wide range of data. We have experience in negotiating data use agreements, have some important data sets on-site, and have experience accessing and using many of the publicly available data sets relevant to outcomes and health services research.
Thomson Reuters MarketScan Data®
The Thomson Reuters MarketScan Data is comprised of a number of different datasets. The Commercial Claims and Encounters database is a nationally representative collection of inpatient, outpatient and pharmaceutical claims from about 100 insurance carriers and large, self-insuring companies. The Medicare Supplemental and Coordination of Benefits database consists of claims for Medicare-eligible retirees with employer-sponsored supplemental plans. We hold data for 2003-2010. Researchers wishing to use this data will need to register with Thomson Reuters through the Methods Core and will need to obtain an account on the DRTC-HSR Statistical Server.
To assist researchers, we have developed an annotated, searchable bibliography of articles based on these data. We have supplemented the MESH index terms with additional descriptors relevant to this literature. This bibliography is available upon request as an EndNote file.
Publicly Available Data
There are two major outlets for data on health, health outcomes, and health services in the United States.
- The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan is the premier public data repository in the world. Established in 1962, they maintain an archive of over 500,000 files. While primarily focusing on social and political data, ICPSR has substantial holdings relevant to health and health services researchers.
- The US federal government develops a broad range of data through primary data collection, secondary data aggregation, and administrative processes. The CHeSS Methods Core holds partial or complete collections of the following series. We will add to our holdings as interest and opportunity arise.
- Area Resource File
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
- Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
- Mortality Detail Files
- Natality Detail Files
- National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III
- National Health Interview Survey
- National Home and Hospice Care Survey
- National Hospital Discharge Survey
- Nationwide Inpatient Sample
Also see Data Documentation and Related Programs for related papers, reports, analytic tools, and links to assist with the management of publicly available datasets.