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Download Data Files, Documentation, and Codebooks
Each data file contains the following:

  • Documentation file
    contains technical and programming information on how the data were collected and how file variables were edited, as well as survey sampling information and crosswalks from variables to the survey instruments.
  • Codebooks
    contain a list of variables, their labels, and unweighted and weighted frequencies.
  • Programming statements files
    and other files including data files in ASCII format.

For programming examples using MEPS data files, go to the SAS programming examples.

For SAS and Stata exercises presented in the last MEPS workshop as well as example R programs, please visit the MEPS repository on AHRQ's GitHub page externallink.

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   Page last revised:  November 30, 2017