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United States National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 2016


General Info
Original or alternative title 
NAMCS 2016
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2016 - 12/2016
Series or system 
United States National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
Data type
  • Health facility
  • Nationally representative
  • Outpatient

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) is based on outpatient, office-based visits to physicians engaged in direct patient care and is designed to collect data on the provision and use of ambulatory care services.  It is a national sample of nonfederally employed physicians and excludes subspecialists in anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology. The 2016 survey included a supplementary survey called the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services for Office-based Physicians (National CLAS Physician Survey). The purpose of the National CLAS Physician Survey is to understand the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services among office-based physicians.