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Activity Number: 25
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #304937
Title: Lessons Learned from Use of Administrative Data and Ethnographic Observation of Frail Population: Health Related Facilities
Author(s): Sonia Salari*+ and Anna Y. Chan
Companies: University of Utah and U.S. Census Bureau
Address: 225 S 1400 E, 228 AEB, salt lake city, UT, 84112,
Keywords: census ; enumeration ; health ; facilities

This study examined issues associated with the use of administrative data provided by health related facilities (HRF) and explored the reasons why records may have errors when used to complete census forms. Findings are based on focus group and unobtrusive ethnographic observations conducted during the 2010 Census in three HRF (including skilled nursing homes and hospice). Results from this study show that administrative listings maintained by the observed HRF were continually updated as a requirement for an accurate daily bill for services. However, pertinent demographic information required by the Census, such as race/ethnicity, was not always available in the administrative listings. Accurate enumeration was complicated by rapid population transitions with admissions, discharges and deaths. Suggestions such as the collection of additional information, such as admission and discharge date, and patients'last address would assist more accurate enumeration.

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