Assessment of a program of public information on health care reform, 1992-1993 [electronic resource] : (Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa).

Daniels, Sally [Browse]
Data file
ICPSR version
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text and PDF) + SAS data definition statements.


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Summary note
The purpose of this data collection was to assess the impact on public opinion of an informational program on health care reform in the United States. This educational campaign, designed and carried out by the Public Agenda Foundation with the cooperation of various media and community organizations, was intended to inform the public in targeted communities about the condition of the United States health care system, particularly regarding cost and accessibility of health care, and various reform initiatives being debated by policymakers. A pre- and post-treatment survey design with controls was used. Surveys were conducted in Wichita, Kansas (the treatment community) before and after the program was administered in that city. Parallel surveys were conducted in Des Moines, Iowa (the control community), where the program was not introduced. In both cities, respondents were asked their opinions about the cost of health care, access to health care, and health care reform, including willingness to pay more taxes for health care. In addition, respondents were queried about the status of health insurance coverage for themselves and their families, and how satisfied they were with the health care services that they and their families had received in the last few years. The surveys also solicited opinions concerning other issues, such as crime and drug abuse, the economy and unemployment, race relations, the quality of public school education, pollution and the environment, alcoholism, and homelessness. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, marital status, education, employment, and family income.
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on April 18, 2008).
Type of data
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text and PDF) + SAS data definition statements.
Time and place of event
Time period: October 17, 1992-January 28, 1993.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: Des Moines, Iowa, Wichita, Kansas, United States.
Funding information
  • Funding agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Grant number: PC-305.
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Methodology note
  • Data source: telephone interviews.
  • Sample: for each of the two communities, two samples of telephone numbers were drawn using random-digit dialing techniques. One sample was surveyed before the program was administered, and the other was surveyed after the program was administered. To randomize selection of respondents within households, the household member who last had a birthday was designated as the sampled individual within each household.
  • Universe: persons aged 18 and over residing in households with telephones in Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa.
Cite as
Daniels, Sally, and Andrew Kully. ASSESSMENT OF A PROGRAM OF PUBLIC INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, 1992-1993: [WICHITA, KANSAS, AND DES MOINES, IOWA] [Computer file]. ICPSR version. Princeton, NJ: Response Analysis Corporation [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.
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