For all persons, HHDAYS captures the annual sum total of days they received visits from paid or unpaid home health care providers. These visits include those made by paid care providers from agencies, hospitals, or nursing homes; self-employed paid care providers; and unpaid, informal caregivers.
Information on home health care utilization is collected on a monthly basis, in contrast to information about other types of health care utilization. The number of provider days represents the sum across months of the number of days on which home health care was received, with days summed across all providers seen. For example, if a person received care in one month from one provider on two different days, then the number of provider days would equal two. The number of provider days would also equal two if a person received care from two different providers on the same day. However, if a person received care from one provider two times on the same day, then the provider days would equal one. These variables were assigned missing values if the number of provider days could not be computed for any month in which the specific type of home health care was received.
HHDAYS is a 3-digit numeric variable.
ComparabilityThe comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.
- 1996-2018 : PERWEIGHT