Secondary Data Bases and Their Use in Outcomes Research: A Review of the Area Resource File and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
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Secondary data sources are being used more frequently than ever in outcomes research. The speed and relative low cost of these data bases makes them ideal for analyzing outcomes. Today's researcher has numerous secondary data bases available for use. Few publications exist to help researchers locate the ideal data set for their needs. Herein, two national secondary data bases are reviewed: the Area Resource File (ARF) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). These two data sets represent the two types of secondary data: aggregate and individual. ARF represents an aggregate data set and HCUP represents an individual data set. The advantages of each type of secondary data will also be reviewed.
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Journal of Medical Systems
Volume 23, Issue 3 , pp 175-181
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- secondary data sources
- area resource file
- healthcare cost and utilization project
- outcomes research
- health services research
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- 1. Department of Family Medicine, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois, 60153