An Inventory Of Federally Sponsored HIV And HIV-Relevant Databases. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)


The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) is based on a sample of visits to non-federal, office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. Physicians in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology are excluded. Data are obtained on the patient’s demographic characteristics, symptoms, physicians' diagnoses, and medications ordered or provided, and services provided, including information on diagnostic procedures, patient management, and planned future treatment. The NAMCS was conducted annually from 1974 to 1981, in 1985, and annually since 1989.