Release of Data from the 2007 Survey of Adult Transition and Health

July 22, 2008

On July 15, 2008, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released microdata from the 2007 Survey of Adult Transition and Health (SATH). This survey was sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The 2007 SATH used a follow-back survey design to interview 1,865 eligible cases originally included in the 2001 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). In 2001 these children were 14 to 17 years of age and lived in English-speaking households; in 2007, the same subjects were young adults 19 to 23 years of age. The primary goals of the SATH are to examine their current health care needs, and better understand their transition from pediatric health care providers to health care providers who treat adults. The follow-back design feature allowed many variables from the 2001 NS-CSHCN Public Use file (PUF) to be included on the 2007 SATH PUF for each case.

NCHS is also preparing a report titled "Design and Operation of the Survey of Adult Transition and Health" to provide detailed information on SATH development and operations, as well as technical information about the data file. This will be released as soon as possible. In the interim please email Kathy O'Connor directly or call 301-458-4181 if you have any questions about this survey that are not addressed on the SATH website.