Online Program

Steps in developing an analytical file and q & a

Sunday, November 3, 2013 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Anita Soni, PhD, MBA, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
The session will present a variety of potential topic areas that could be addressed through the use of MEPS data: access to care; health care utilization for policy relevant groups; trends in healthcare expenditures; current health status and changes over time; and health insurance status at a point in time as well as trends over time. Participants will be encouraged to volunteer research projects of interest. Demonstrations will follow to illustrate the steps necessary to address specific research proposals. The content of specific questionnaires will be discussed and demonstrated via the internet: alternative care, preventive care (adult and child); available demographic and income data; employment status, job and wage characteristics; and satisfaction with health plans. Additionally, a discussion pertaining to variable naming conventions and the use and meaning of reserve codes will be provided.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe how to find the relevant MEPS file documentation and codebooks List the steps to follow to initiate a research project using MEPS.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 16 years of experience in Project and data management. I have worked on the MEPS survey for over 7 years and have served on the faculty of numerous workshops, have made more than 40 MEPS related presentations at professional meetings and research organizations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.