The Health Insurance Study (HIS) is a complex, multi-year longitudinal study of the role of health insurance in the utilization of health care services. As part of this study, a large experimentally gathered database is being constructed and will be analyzed by researchers from several disciplines using various statistical tools. RAND has acquired and supports several general-purpose statistical program packages in addition to packages that perform more specific statistical analyses. To better understand the use of these packages on this large database and to enhance the information available to the HIS staff members who use statistical software, a review of package features was conducted in light of HIS project and database characteristics. The considerations and criteria employed in the review are presented. 16 pp. Bibliog.
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