Drug data could inform stories about elder care

The 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS ) Medication Public-Use File and Documentation are now available for downloading.pills

One group of researchers used earlier NHHCS data to “examine changes in hospice services over time, as they were collected during the period from 1992 to 2000, paralleling the period of substantial growth in hospice use and spending.”

With recent studies and news about the increase in use of antipsychotics in the elderly, this data might be useful in reporting such stories and documenting the increase, as well as stories about how treatments have changed.

The 2007 NHHCS Medication Public-Use Data File is supported by SAS, SPSS, and STATA input statements. The documentation includes three PDF files: technical notes, a data dictionary, and a PDF file that provides drug name codes, drug estimates and rates, and drug characteristics.

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