Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 175–181

Secondary Data Bases and Their Use in Outcomes Research: A Review of the Area Resource File and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

  • Andrea Erickson Best

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020515419714

Cite this article as:
Best, A.E. Journal of Medical Systems (1999) 23: 175. doi:10.1023/A:1020515419714


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.

secondary data sources area resource file healthcare cost and utilization project outcomes research health services research 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Erickson Best
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineLoyola University Stritch School of MedicineMaywood

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