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Health Care Administration


Research Guide to Health Care Administration Statistics

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Other data sources


The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find health care administration statistics. (Including: managed care, Medicaid, Medicare, and health insurance issues) This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.


For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to health care administration. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these subject terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example Cost effectiveness and Medicare.

Delivery of Health Care
Health care reform
Health Policy
Health Services Administration
Insurance, Health
Medical care
Managed care plans (Medical care)
Medical care, Cost of
Medical Policy
Public Health Administration
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Quality of Health Care
United States -- Statistics, Medical

Author Date Collection Call#
The challenge of regulating managed care edited by John E. Billi and Gail B. Agrawal. 2001 Crerar Stacks RA413 .C45 2001
Advancing federal sector health care : a model for technology transfer Peter Ramsaroop ... [et al.], editors. 2001 Crerar Stacks RC971 .A28 2001
Source book of health insurance data. Health Insurance Institute.  1999 /2000 Crerar Library Reference RA413.5.U5S72
The Dartmouth atlas of health care, 1998. Dartmouth Medical School 1998. Crerar Library Reference RA407.3.D378 1998
AHA guide to the health care field. American Hospital Association 1997-present Crerar Library Reference RA977.A497
Profiles of Medicare : Medicare. Health Care Financing Administration 1996 Crerar Library Reference fHD7102.U4P76 1996
The Dartmouth atlas of health care / United States, Great Lake States, East South Central States, Great Plains States , New England States, South Atlantic States, Middle Atlantic States, Mountain States, West South Central States, Pacific States Dartmouth Medical School. 1996 Crerar Library Reference RA407.3.D378 1996
Sourcebook of Health Insurance Data 1999/2000 Health Insurance Association of America 1999 Crerar Library Reference RA 413.5.U5S72


Business and Economics: Finding Articles
The business/economics librarians of the University of Chicago are first rate. If you are looking for information related to date related to healthcare economics, try one of the databases used by the business community. If you need help using this datatabase call the Business/Economics Reference Desk at 2-8716 .

There are two versions of the the Medline database available. Medline on OVID and PubMed.

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Index Medicus ceased publication with the Dec 2004 edition (Volume 45).


Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Statistics available

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the lead agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services.

If the links at right do not contain the specific information of interest, you may also wish to browse the research areas of the AHRQ.

Center for HealthCare Strategies
Promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
  • Resource Library All items in the Resource Library are free, and include: CHCS Briefs and Toolkits; Resource Papers authored by CHCS grantees; and numerous resources, such as tools used by organizations involved in CHCS quality improvement initiatives. Search the library by topic, keyword(s), organization, and more.
Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC)
The mission of HSC is to inform health care decision makers about changes in the health care system at both the local and national levels and the effects of such changes on people. HSC seeks to provide objective, incisive analyses that lead to sound policy and management decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public.
  • Insurance Coverage & Costs (HSC analyses focus on both private and public insurance coverage, the uninsured and the cost of health care. HSC research provides insight into a range of topics, including how health care costs are changing, why the nation's number of uninsured continues to rise and how employer-sponsored coverage is changing. This area also includes analyses of incremental public insurance expansions, both proposed and implemented.)
  • Access to Care Includes the uninsured and those with low income as well as racial and ethnic minorities and people with chronic conditions. HSC research also documents differences between patients in HMOs and other types of plans, such as differences in the types of barriers to care they face.
  • Local Markets & Managed Care Analyses examine commercial plans as well as plans participating in Medicare+Choice and Medicaid managed care, as well as organizations that have adopted managed care techniques to deliver services to the uninsured. Key analyses compare experiences and outcomes for patients in HMOs and other kinds of plans on such critical dimensions as access, service use, satisfaction, and cost. Others consider the perspective and experience of physicians, physician groups and consumers to managed care. And, others document the kinds of techniques that managed care plans are using to manage both cost and quality.
  • HSC Publications
  • CTS Data Files (Data from the CTS surveys are made available to the public through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).)
The Commonwealth Fund
Private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS is the federal agency that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The mission of JCAHO is to improve the quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.
  • Joint Commission Standards are available on their web site when they are in Field Review or in Draft status only. Published standards are only available in accreditation manuals and can be purchased from Joint Commission Resources.
National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the U.S. population
Social Security Administration
Manages the nation's social insurance program, consisting of retirement, survivors, and disability insurance programs, commonly known as social security. (The United States Government Manual 1996/1997)
A wide range of statistics are available from the following two offices of the SSA:
U.S. Census Bureau
A division of the Department of Commerce established to collect census information every ten years.

Other data sources

Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj)
A database of citations to research-in-progress funded by federal, state, private organizations, and foundation grants and contracts, HSRProj provides access to information about research in progress before results are available in published form. For more information read read the fact sheet available from the National Library of Medicine. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEARCHING: This file is available from the NLM Gateway. Enter your search terms in the box, then from the results list, select those citations under the "Other Collections"category.

Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets and instruments/indices. Users may examine and compare characteristics of some of the resources employed in Health Services Research, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed. It also includes URLs of providers for additional information or access to the resources.

Health Services Technology Assessment Texts (HSTAT)
Health Services/Technology Assessment Text is a searchable collection of large, full-text clinical practice guidelines, technology assessments and health information. For more information read the fact sheet from the National Library of Medicine.

CCH Internet Research Network: Health and Human Resources
Covers Health Law and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) legal issues. Full text of the Labor Law Reporter, Employment Practices Guide, Pension Plan Guide, labor law journals, and compliance manuals for human resource managers. Need help? Read the Quick Start Guide before searching. The law reference librarians of the University of Chicago are first rate. If you need help using this datatabase call the Law Reference Desk at 2-9631.

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from U.S. federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected U.S. federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)

Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)

Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)