HCUP Data Users' Workshop registration closing soon
Research Activities, September 2011
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is conducting a full-day workshop September 15 from 9AM to 4PM at AHRQ for health services researchers interested in gaining instructor-led experience working on a computer with the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) resources. The registration deadline is September 6.
The workshop will provide in-depth exposure to HCUP resources through instructor-led training on several HCUP databases and related tools. The course will begin with a brief overview of HCUP products, including a demonstration of HCUPnet, a free online querying tool that provides instant access to HCUP data.
Following the brief introductory material, faculty will present step-by-step instruction on working with the HCUP databases to conduct revisit analyses with HCUP data. Attendees will use computers loaded with subsets of the HCUP State Inpatient Databases, State Emergency Department Databases, and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases. Attendees will run SAS programs on the HCUP databases. All SAS programs will be provided. Faculty will cover the basics of loading data files to more advanced topics, including trend analyses and conducting revisit/readmission analyses. Faculty will be available for consultation on how HCUP data can support attendees' research interests. Instructional and reference materials will be distributed and discussed.
This is an intermediate-level workshop designed for health services researchers and analysts who want to learn how to use or improve their use of HCUP databases and products. Individuals interested in State and/or local health care analyses or clinical research using administrative health care data would benefit from this workshop. Given the nature and pace of this course, some prior familiarity with health care administrative data and SAS is recommended. Prior experience with HCUP databases or prior attendance of HCUP overview presentations is encouraged.
Registration details are available at http://hcup-us.ahrq.gov/hcup_workshop.jsp [editor: registration closed].