An Inventory Of Federally Sponsored HIV And HIV-Relevant Databases. National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)


The National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) is the principal source of information on inpatient utilization of hospitals and is based on a sample of discharges from non-federal, short-stay and general hospitals. The NHDS provides data on the characteristics of inpatients, diagnoses, surgical procedures, expected source of payment, length of stay and on the size, location, and ownership of hospitals. Data from the NHDS are used for tracking specific diseases, the introduction of new technologies, and the impact of changes in financing systems. The NHDS has been conducted annually since 1965.