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National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)

Topic/focus:  Healthcare Facilities and Services
Year(s):  1973 - 1981, 1985, and 1989 - 2010
Source:  National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics:  Raw survey data
Universe:  Visits to non-federally employed office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care
Variables:  Varies by year
Access:  Publically available
Cost:  Free
Key web links:  CDC: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
Primary Institutional Contact:  EDRC Coordinator (tchelius@mcw.edu)

Summary:  The NAMCS contains information on office-based visits to physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. Visits to physicians in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology are excluded. It contains data items on patient demographics, diagnoses, procedures, medications, type of visit, and physician.

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