The National Long-Term Care Surveys (1982, 1984, 1989)


The 1982 and 1984 National Long-Term Care Surveys (NLTCS) are household surveys of functionally impaired Medicare beneficiaries age 65+. The 1989 NTLCS is a resurveying of this population. The surveys have been a joint venture of several agencies: the Census Bureau collects the data from impaired elderly; the National Opinion Research Center surveyed the informal caregivers; and such agencies as ASPE, the Health Care Financing Administration, the National Center for Health Services Research, and the National Institute on Aging have sponsored the surveys. This paper gives a background and overview of these surveys, including where data tapes and future information could be obtained. [12 PDF pages]

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