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st: Using STATA to analyze complex national datasets (NAMCS, etc)
A group of us here at the University of Missouri would like to use STATA to analyze data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). The National Center for Health Statistics provides variable and value label information using SAS code, and SAS code to import the ASCII formatted data into SAS. It is assumed that the user will use SUDAAN (free-standing or called from within SAS) to analyze the data.
I was under the impression that STATA could be used to analyze this data, but I'm not sure how. -svyset- allows for the specification of multiple strata and primary sampling unit identifiers, but I cannot see immediately how well it deals with multiple levels of nesting in the pasu's and strata, which are (I gather) present in the NAMCS etc data.
We'd very much appreciate corresponding (or even collaborating!) with anyone who has used STATA to analyze this data. A few of us here are regular STATA users, but this is completely unfamiliar territory.
from the desk of:
Joseph W. LeMaster, MD MPH
Department of Family and Community Medicine
M239 Health Sciences Center, DC032.00
University of Missouri, Columbia
Columbia, MO 65212
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