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National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs


Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mode of Administration

The NS-CSHCN is a module of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS), which is a random-digit-dialing (RDD) telephone survey that uses the sampling frame of the National Immunization Survey (NIS)

Survey Sample Design

In each of 78 Immunization Action Plan areas (which together comprise the United States), the NIS draws independent quarterly samples of telephone numbers and uses RDD to identify households that have one or more children 19 to 35 months of age to conduct the NIS interview. SLAITS modules such as the NS-CSHCN then screen for the presence of any children in the household, and if there are any children in the household, conduct the NS-CSHCN interview with the adult who is most knowledgeable about the child's health status.

Primary Survey Content

Special health care needs status; health and functional status; access to health care; insurance status; medical home; care coordination; satisfaction with care

Population Targeted

Children 0-17 years of age living in the United States at the time of the interview

Demographic Data

Gender, age, race/ethnicity, household income, mother's education, mother's residence in the household, household composition

Years Collected

October 2000-April 2002; NS-CSHCN 2 scheduled for 2005-2006

Geographic Estimates

National, State and local area levels

Contact Information

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Blumberg SJ, Olson L, Frankel M, et al. Design and Operation of the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2001. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 1(41). 2003



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