Two courses added to HCUP Online Tutorial Series
Research Activities, October 2010, No. 362
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has added two new courses to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Online Tutorial Series ( http://hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/tutorials.jsp). The Load and Check HCUP Data tutorial provides instructions on how to unzip (decompress) HCUP data, save it on a computer, load the data into a standard statistical software package, and verify that the data have loaded correctly.
The Producing National HCUP Estimates tutorial is designed to help users understand how the three nationwide databases—the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, and Kids' Inpatient Database—can be used to produce national and regional estimates. HCUP is a family of health care databases and related software tools developed through a Federal-State partnership to build a multi-State health data system for health care research and decisionmaking. The HCUP Online Tutorial Series provides users with information about HCUP data and tools, as well as training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data.