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Data Alert for RAND HRS, Version L (December 2011)

We released Version L of the RAND HRS dataset in December 2011.  Since then, with the assistance of other users, we have discovered some inconsistencies that have now been corrected. The RAND HRS data files, including the codebook, have been updated on the HRS web site in the data download area. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing RANDHRSHelp@rand.org.

In the process of updating the following variables, we inadvertently did not incorporate the medical expenditure and utilization data from AHEAD 1995.

Medical Expenditures: Out of Pocket and Total: R3TOTMD:W3 Total med expenses, prv 2 yrs and S3TOTMD:W3 Total med expenses, prv 2 yrs. This problem affected 7005 cases for the respondent variables, and 3594 cases for the spouse variables. The amounts were missing for these cases but are now present.

Medical Care Utilization: Nursing Home: R3NRSHOM:W3 Nurs home stay, prv 2 yrs and S3NRSHOM:W3 Nurs home stay, prv 2 yrs. This problem affected 6748 cases for the respondent variables, and 3540 cases for the spouse variables. The data were missing for these cases but are now present.

Medical Care Utilization: Nursing Home: R3NRSNIT:W3 # Nights in nurs home, prv 2 yrs and S3NRSNIT:W3 # Nights in nurs home, prv 2 yrs. This problem affected 6979 cases for the respondent variables, and 3590 cases for the spouse variables. The data were missing for these cases but are now present.

And in the following variables, this problem affected 7027 cases for the respondent variables, and 3704 cases for the spouse variables. The data were missing for these cases but are now present.

Medical Expenditures: Out of Pocket and Total: R3OOPMD:W3 Out of pkt med exp, prv 2 yrs and S3OOPMD:W3 Out of pkt med exp, prv 2 yrs; R3OOPMDF:W3 Out of pkt imputed and S3OOPMDF:W3 Out of pkt imputed; R3TOTMDF:W3 Total med imputed and S3TOTMDF:W3 Total med imputed.

Medical Care Utilization: Hospital: R3HOSP:W3 Hospital stay, prv 2 yrs and S3HOSP:W3 Hospital stay, prv 2 yrs; R3HSPTIM:W3 # Hospital stays, prv 2 yrs and S3HSPTIM:W3 # Hospital stays, prv 2 yrs; R3HSPNIT:W3 # Nights in hosp, prv 2 yrs and S3HSPNIT:W3 # Nights in hosp, prv 2 yrs.

Medical Care Utilization: Nursing Home: R3NRSTIM:W3 # Nurs home stays, prv 2 yrs and S3NRSTIM:W3 # Nurs home stays, prv 2 yrs.

Medical Care Utilization: Doctor: R3DOCTOR:W3 Doctor visit, prv 2 yrs and S3DOCTOR:W3 Doctor visit, prv 2 yrs; R3DOCTIM:W3 # Doctor vists, prv 2 yrs and S3DOCTIM:W3 # Doctor vists, prv 2 yrs.

Medical Care Utilization: Other Medical Care Utilization: R3OUTPT:W3 Outpatient surgry, prv 2 yrs and S3OUTPT:W3 Outpatient surgry, prv 2 yrs; R3DENTST:W3 Dental visit, prv 2 yrs and S3DENTST:W3 Dental visit, prv 2 yrs; R3DRUGS:W3 Reg take Rx, Prv 2 yrs and S3DRUGS:W3 Reg take Rx, Prv 2 yrs; R3SPCFAC:W3 Spec hlth facilty, prv 2 yrs and S3SPCFAC:W3 Spec hlth facilty, prv 2 yrs; R3HOMCAR:W3 Home hlth care, prv 2 yrs and S3HOMCAR:W3 Home hlth care, prv 2 yrs.


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