Datasets on Health and Health Carejump-roper

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Health Poll Report–Healthcare and Politics

Study# USPSRA2004-HNI59
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates International
Survey Sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation & Harvard School of Public Health
Dates: August 5-8, 2004
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,200
Variables: 99
Major topics covered:
Most important health problem for government to address (4); significance of health problem to presidential vote (9); George W. Bush vs. John Kerry (2); how closely followed certain news stories in last month or so (8); recent change in Medicare's policy towards obesity (1); buying prescription drugs from Canada (4); lower price of prescription drugs for people on Medicare (5); respondent's health insurance (7); HMO and managed care plans (9); law to sue health plans (1); how worried is respondent about certain issues (13); health insurance premiums (2).


Study# USABC2004-954
Survey firm: TNS Intersearch
Survey sponsor: ABC News / Time Magazine
Dates: May 10-16, 2004
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,202
Variables: 113
Major topics covered:
Respondent's health (4); seriousness of public health problems in this country (8); federal government is doing too much/too little/about the right amount in addressing certain health problems (8); about how many hours per day does respondent watch television (1); about how many hours does respondent spend using internet in a typical week (1); exercise habits (5); about how many hours a day does respondent's child watch television (1); about how many hours a week does respondent's child use internet/computer games (1); respondent's child does/does not get enough physical exercise (1); physical education classes at child's school (2); child does/does not participate in any regularly scheduled after-school or weekend sports activities (1); how much of a say does responden't child have in deciding what foods family eats (1); child's weight (1); how often eat at restaurants (2); what does respondent keep track of in daily diet (3); respondent does/does not keep a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in house (1); respondent's weight (3); weight-loss diet plans (4); hardest thing about losing weight (1); have/have not ever been discriminated against because of weight (1); most important causes of obesity in this country (9); responsibility for the nation's obesity problem (6); misleading advertising to sell high-calorie foods (2); do/do not have at least some negative feelings about overweight people (1); government policies on food content and marketing (5); health insurance companies should/should not be permitted to charge higher premiums for overweight people (1); health insurance companies should/should not be permitted to drop people from coverage because they're overweight (1); schools should/should not be allowed to raise money by allowing soda and candy machines in school (1).

Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Survey, 2003

Survey firm: Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public Policy
Survey Sponsor: Virginia Commonwealth University–Division of Life Sciences
Dates: September 3-26, 2003
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,003
Variables: 55
Major topics covered:
Developments in new technology have/have not helped make society better (1); scientific research (3); new technology used in medicine does/does not allow people to live longer and better (1); favor/oppose medical research that uses stem cells from human embryos (1); human cloning technology (5); changing a baby's genetic characteristics (2); how likely would respondent be to use genetic therapies if it meant living longer (1); agree/disagree that "[s]ometimes new developments in science seem so complicated that a person like me can't really understand what's going on" (1); agree/disagree with statement "I really enjoy learning how things work in science and technology" (1); scientific discoveries (2); medical discoveries (2); science education in high school (2); abortion (1); religion is/is not an important part of respondent's life (1); religious beliefs provide some/quite a bit/a great deal of guidance in day-to-day living (1); feelings about the Bible (1); one or two words that come to mind when respondent hears phrase "new developments in science and technology" (1).

NAC/AARP Poll: Caregivers in the US

Study# USAARP2003-CARE
Survey firm: Belden, Russonello & Stewart
Survey sponsor: National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP
Dates: September 5-12, 2003
Sample: Caregivers–ages 18 and older
Sample size: 1,247
Variables: 150
Major topics covered:
Respondent is/was providing unpaid help to a relative or friend 18 years or older (1); number of adults respondent provides/provided care for (1); relationship to person caring/cared for (1); how often does/did respondent visit person caring/cared for (1); living arrangements of person caring/cared for (1); recipient of care is/was frail/sick/disabled (1); main problem or illness recipient of care has/had (1); recipient of care does/does not or did/did not suffer from Alzheimer’s or other mental confusion (1); for how long have been providing/did provide help to recipient (1); kinds of help provide[d] to recipient (13); hours spend/spent in an average week providing help to recipient (1); prescription medicines taken by recipient (3); anyone else has/has not provided unpaid help to recipient during last twelve months (1); relationship of other caregiver to recipient (1); self/someone else provides/provided most of the care for recipient (2); recipient did/did not receive any paid help during last twelve months (4); employment status during time as caregiver (1); effect of caregiving on job (7); money spent per month on recipient’s care (1); effect of caregiving on life (3); physical strain of caregiving (1); emotional stress of caregiving (1); financial hardship of caregiving (1); did/did not have a choice in taking on responsibility for caring for person (1); coping with demands of caregiving (7); looking for information on internet (3); experiences as a caregiver (7); have/have not done certain things to make caregiving easier for recipient (3); do/do not need more help or information on certain things as a caregiver (14); to where would respondent turn for information about some aspect of helping take care of recipient (6); respondent’s own health (2); ever served in U.S. Armed Forces (2).

Stony Brook Poll: Health Pulse of America, 2003

Survey firm: Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research
Date: 2003
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 865
Variables: 85
Major topics covered: Problems faced by country (2); quality of health care (3); receiving the wrong treatment (1); health care protecting the public (1); accurately diagnose and treat medical conditions (1); George W. Bush health care policy (1); federal government and health insurance (1); employment (2); job: health coverage vs. salary (2); job benefits (4); main occupation (2); job stress (1); current job benefits (4); currently covered by a health insurance plan (4); cutbacks in health benefits (1); losing current health benefits (2); labor unions and health insurance (3); prescription drug coverage (3); obesity (6); food manufacturers and junk food (3); government limiting junk food ads (1); public schools and vending machines (1); new government tax on junk food (1); nutritious school lunch programs (1); physical education classes in schools (1); children in the household (1); child concerns (4); children in school (1); paid vacation time (4).

February 2002 Health News Interest Index: Prescription Drugs/Source of Information

Roper study number: USPSRA2002-HNI034
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation/ Harvard School of Public Health
Date: 2002
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,203
Variables: 36
Major topics covered: Most important health care problem (3); Important news stories (9); prescription drug discount cards (2); source of health care news (3).

Long Term Care Survey

Roper study number: USAARP2001-LTC581
Survey sponsor: American Association of Retired Persons
Date: 2002
Sample: National adults–ages 45 and older and Adult residents of California, Florida, New Mexico, Washington, and Wisconsin–ages 45 and older
Sample size: 1,800
Variables: 186
Major topics covered:
Health Care Issues (1); Long Term Care (5); Assisted Living Facility (2); Cost of Nursing Home Care (1), Estimate of Home Care (6); Financial Situation (1); Way of Pay (1); Partner Received Health Care (2); Way of Pay for Partner (1); Anyone you know Received Health Care (1); How Long (1); Primary Way of Pay (8); Coverage in Your State (9); Insurance (3); Planning (1); Familiar with Long Term Care (2); Follow Health Care Issues (1); Long Term Care in your Own Words (42); Assisted Living Facility Versus Nurse (1); Based Estimate on (44); Financially Prepared (1); Relatives (11); Resident of Health Care (28); Type of Care (25); LTC Services (1); Purchased Insurance (1).

Living Longer

Study# USPSRA2001-NW09
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey Sponsor: Newsweek
Dates: July 13-17, 2001
Sample: Adults 45 to 65 years old
Sample size: 801
Variables: 101
Major topics covered:
Personal Health (1); Exercise (11); Medication / Supplements (7); Stress (16); Worries (7); Aging (13); Artificial Organs (1); Live to age of…(1); Living Healthier (9); Medical Procedures (6); Sex Life (7)

Race, Ethnicity and Medical Care

Study# USPSRA1999-RAE006
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey Sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation
Date: 1999
Sample: National Adult with oversamples of Blacks and Latinos
Sample size: Black N=1,189; Latino N=983
Variables: 165
Major topics covered: Important Issues (9); Health Care (31); Trust (12); Racism and Health Care (17); African Americans (20); Latinos (15); Health Insurance (5); Tuskegee Experiment


Study# USPSRA2003-MED005
Surver firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation & Harvard School of Public Health
Field dates: April 25-June 1, 2003
Sample: National adult with an oversample of those age 65 and over
Sample size: 1,424
Variables: 160
Major topics covered:
Most important health care issue (3); Health Insurance Coverage (2); Medicare supplement(1); Prescription coverage (2); Grade insurance plan (1); Opinion of Medicare (4); Medicare government program (1); Health insurance programs run (3); Which offers more generous health benefits (1); More choices among doctors and hospitals (1); Cost rising faster (2); Medicare able to choose any doctor (1); Medicare covers costs of (2); Medicare sticks with government or privatize (3); Reaction towards things about Medicare (10); Consumer choice in Medicare (1); Most important about own health insurance (1); Medicare Reform (7); Problems with Medicare (8); View of financial condition of Medicare (1); Proposals to keep Medicare financially sound (7); Health Insurance for seniors (1); Prescription coverage for Medicare (2); Differences between Democratic and Republican proposals (3); Two prescription drug plans (10); How much more should seniors pay for prescription drug benefits (5); Drug discount cards (2); Medicare lower costs for drugs only after seniors pay certain amount (2); Easier to buy drugs from Canada (1); Government set limits for prices of drugs (1); Setting price limits would cause drugs companies to do less research and development (1); Other countries setting limits (1); Government negotiating with drug companies (1); Other countries negotiating (1); Medicare government run bureaucracy (1); Private plans put profit first (1); Trust groups for recommending the right thing for Medicare (11); Trust to do better job at handling Medicare (1); Trust with Medicare prescription drugs (2); Any one receive Medicare benefits (1); Problem to pay for prescription drugs (1); Personal health (1); Health stop participation in things (1).

Mental Health [1950]

Study# USRCOM1950-043
Survey firm: the Roper Organization
Field dates: July 1950
Sample: Appears from questionnaire that it is a survey of 4,344 residents of Louisville, Kentucky or the Louisville metropolitan area.

Congress and the Bush Administration/Iraq/Children's Issues/Health

Study# USCBS2003-01A
Survey firm: CBS News
Survey Sponsor: Prevention Magazine
Dates: January 4-6, 2003
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 902
Variables: 125
Major topics covered:
George W. Bush job approval (1); First priority for George W. Bush (1); George W. Bush handling of foreign policy (1); George W. Bush handling of the economy (1); Congress accomplish more of less (1); Bush administration tries for diplomatic solution (1); Most important thing for Republicans in Congress to focus on (1); Economic conditions (2); Opinion of Republican Party (1); Opinion of Democratic Party (1); Republican party take control of Congress (1); Economy get better or worse under republicans (1); Taxes increase or decrease (1); Opportunities for minorities (1); Healthcare system (1); Greatest concern for child (1); Bush administration policies favor which class (1); U.S. taking military action in Iraq (1); Expect fighting or resolution to solve Iraq conflict (1); Saddam Hussein kept promise (1); Iraq has weapons of mass destruction (1); What should U.S. do against Iraq (1); What should U.S. do against North Korea (1); Which is bigger threat (2); U.S. winning war on terrorism (2); News report child abduction (1); Kidnapping of children (3); Registered Sex offenders (1); Develop Hypertension (1); Frequently drink caffeine (1); Frequently add salt (1); Frequently drink alcohol (1); Frequently exercise (1); Check-up in past year (3); Hypertension (3); Diagnoses with Hypertension (1); Do for hypertension (1); Suffer pain (5); Diagnosed with chronic pain (1); Average daily pain (1); Pain Relief (7); Pain interfere with daily life (1); Handle pain (1); Who took respondent to school (1); How does child go to school (2); U.S. response to North Korea (1); Vote 2000 (1); Vote 2002 (1).

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