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AHRQ schedules MEPS users' workshops

AHRQ will conduct two workshops to facilitate use of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) by the health services research community. The workshops, designed for those with an interest in using national health surveys, will be held at the AHRQ Conference Center, Rockville, MD, August 19 and August 20-21, 2002. At both workshops, participants will have the opportunity to bring up their own specific research and policy questions.

The first workshop to be held August 19 will be a 1-day overview of the MEPS-HC. A maximum of 50 participants can be accommodated, and the cost is $50. This lecture workshop will provide practical information about the survey design, file content, and the construction of analytic files by data users, as well as the knowledge necessary to formulate research plans using the various MEPS-HC files and linkage capabilities.

The 2-day, hands-on workshop to be held August 20-21 can accommodate a maximum of 40 participants. The cost is $100. It will provide both practical information about MEPS-HC files and an opportunity to construct analytic files with the assistance of AHRQ staff. A PC will be available for each participant. Attendees should have some exposure to MEPS and the ability to use SAS.

Go to MEPS Workshops for program descriptions, registration forms, and other information.

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