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This is a companion volume to TR-475-HLTH, Redesign of the National Hospital Discharge Survey: Conceptual Framework and Feasibility Study Final Report, which reports the development of an approach for redesigning the National Hospital Discharge Survey and identifying, through a feasibility study, specific data elements to be included and field procedures to be used in that survey. It offers the instructions to the hospitals that were used for the feasibility study. The feasibility study informed the modifications that were subsequently made to the forms and procedures in this volume. The modified forms and procedures are included as Appendix A in the main report.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Hospital Selection and Induction

  • Chapter Three

    Case Selection

  • Chapter Four

    Record Abstraction

  • Chapter Five


  • Appendix A

    HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health

  • Appendix B

    Notice of Approval by CDC IRB

  • Appendix C

    Facility Questionnaire

  • Appendix D

    Introductory Letters

  • Appendix E

    Hospital Induction Agenda

  • Appendix F

    Study Description

  • Appendix G

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Appendix H

    Patient Abstraction Form

  • Appendix I

    Sample Listing Sheet

  • Appendix J

    Fax Form for RAND Assistance in Record Randomization

  • Appendix K

    Feasibility Assessment

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