Health or Survey Methodologist/Statistician

Posted 12 months ago

SIS working with the Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS), at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS),in Hyattsville, MD is seeking a mid to senior level Health or Survey Methodologist/Statistician to lead development and implementation efforts for redesigning our National Health Care Surveys, which collect nationally representative data on health care in the United States. These surveys include the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), and National Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Study (NPALS). The goal of this redesign would be to ensure that these surveys continue to collect relevant data from physician, hospital, and other health care providers and establishments, such that high quality, nationally- representative estimates can continue to be made in future years.

The candidate should have a doctorate degree in survey methods, survey statistics, public health, epidemiology, or a relevant field. In addition, five years of applied experience working on survey development, design, sampling, and/or questionnaire evaluation are required. The incumbent will work with DHCS and NCHS leadership and staff to successfully perform the following duties and responsibilities:
• Coordinate a broad review of the delivery of health care in the United States, by physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers and establishments, and what the implications are for the scope of the National Health Care Surveys. This would include performing literature reviews, and coordinating and leading meetings, workgroups, and consultations (both in-person and conference calls) with subject matter experts in the health care, public health, and survey methods fields.

• Determine manners in which to improve National Health Care Surveys’ response and participation rates, in addition to increasing the number of sampled physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers and establishments that are eligible for these surveys, by conducting literature reviews, empirical analyses, and/or consultation with experts in the field.

• Examine different modes of administration of the National Health Care Surveys at the provider and visit levels, with specific focus on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) to collect visit-level patient data from physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers and establishments. This examination would include determining logistical and financial considerations, in addition to the intermediate and long- term sustainability of using different modes. Empirical analyses using current data (collected through abstraction, EHRs, and other modes) would also be required to determine possible mode effects on data quality and bias.

• Perform a content review of the National Health Care Surveys’ provider/hospital/establishment interviews to improve the questionnaires, ensure the appropriate amount of relevant data are being collected, and allow for uniform collection of data across different survey modes.

• Examine the feasibility of using alternate databases and sampling strategies from which to create National Health Care Survey sampling frames and draw samples. This would include performing literature reviews and empirical analyses and determining implications for weighting.

• Develop a strategy for implementing survey redesigns that could allow for assessment of its impact on the current National Health Care Survey estimates and trends.

• Present findings through oral presentations and/or written publications to DHCS and NCHS leadership.

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