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Scientific Data Documentation
 National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2005

Data Set Name (DSN): CC36.NHDS05

National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) is conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This survey collects medical and demographic information from a sample of discharge records selected from a national sample of non-Federal, short-stay hospitals. The data serves as a basis for calculating statistics on hospital inpatient utilization in the United States.

Source for this dataset and documentation is

Hospital Care Statistics Branch
Division of Health Care Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782

The CC36 dataset was created on the mainframe on December 18, 2007 and the documentation is current as of February, 2007. The referred links to websites in the documentation are valid as of February, 2007. The documentation is available to public at large but the mainframe dataset is available to CDC mainframe users only. The non CDC mainframe users can download data from the NCHS website:
The same source is used to create this documentation and the mainframe dataset.

NHDS 2005 Public Use Data Documentation

This page last reviewed: Thursday, January 28, 2016
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