Publication Abstract

Authors: Ambs A, Warren JL, Bellizzi KM, Topor M, Haffer SC, Clauser SB

Title: Overview of the SEER--Medicare Health Outcomes Survey linked dataset.

Journal: Health Care Financ Rev 29(4):5-21

Date: 2008 Summer

Abstract: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)--Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) links cancer registry data with survey data from Medicare managed care enrollees. The linked file includes clinical information about the cancer with self-reported data about symptoms, functional status and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for Medicare managed care enrollees. This article provides a description of the SEER-MHOS data as a tool to study cancer among Medicare enrollees. In order to highlight the strengths of the database, we also present some descriptive statistics from the database.