AHRQ introduces new online technical tutorial series with first module on HCUP sample design

Research Activities, March 2010, No. 355

AHRQ is offering a new online training course on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Sample Design as the first technical course in a new HCUP Online Tutorial Series (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/tutorials.jsp). The sampling course assists users in understanding the sampling strategy of the three HCUP nationwide databases: the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, the Kids' Inpatient Database, and the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample.

The HCUP Online Tutorial Series provides HCUP data users with information about HCUP data and tools and training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data. The courses are designed to answer technical questions related to HCUP data and programs, such as:

  • How do I load HCUP data onto my computer and check that it has loaded correctly?
  • How were the HCUP samples designed?
  • How do I use HCUP data to produce national or regional estimates?

Modules on loading and checking HCUP data and producing national and regional estimates will be released later this year. For new HCUP users, the HCUP Overview Course (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/overviewcourse.jsp) is very helpful.

For more information, contact HCUP User Support at hcup@ahrq.gov.

Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: AHRQ introduces new online technical tutorial series with first module on HCUP sample design: Research Activities, March 2010, No. 355. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/mar10/0310RA29.html