Find and Analyze Health-Related Data Using ICPSR

Health-related survey data can be difficult to find; the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is one resource that makes it easy to locate, access, and analyze data from a variety of surveys covering topics like health care costs, access to health care, chronic medical conditions, and aging.

ICPSR hosts and provides online access to the Health and Medical Care Archive, the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, and many other surveys and data archives for areas of social science research. Additionally, ICPSR maintains a database of citations to publications using data from ICPSR.

UCLA students, staff, and faculty can register for a free account and download data, codebooks, and survey instruments from ICPSR for analysis using your own statistical software. ICPSR also provides online data analysis tools for over 500 of the most popular surveys, including the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (2001), Medicare Health Outcomes Survey 1998-2007,  responses from the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2002-2005, and responses from the annual National Health Interview Survey from 1987-2006.

Have questions about ICPSR or need help searching or retrieving data? Amy Chatfield, librarian at the Biomedical Library, is UCLA’s designated representative to ICPSR, and is available to help with these tasks. You may also contact ICPSR’s Official Representative at UCLA, Elizabeth Stephenson, Director of the ISSR Social Science Data Archives.

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2 Responses to “Find and Analyze Health-Related Data Using ICPSR”

  1. Jean Balgrosky says:

    I am trying to locate Amy Chatfield, the representative for ICPSR, to help with an application for some restricted ISCPR data. I do not find her in the directory for the BioMed Library. Is there a new rep? Who do I contact?
    Thank you

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Jean,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Amy Chatfield is no longer working at UCLA. Our new ICSPR rep is Lisa Federer. You can reach her at 310.794.2030 or at


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