National Study of Long-Term Care Providers


National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

The biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) monitors trends in the supply, provision, and use of the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services. NSLTCP uses survey data on the residential care community and adult day services sectors, and administrative data on the home health, nursing home, and hospice sectors. The vision for NSLTCP is to offer reliable, accurate, relevant and timely national and state statistical information to support and inform long-term care services policy, research and practice.

The main goals of NSLTCP are to:

  1. Estimate the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care services providers.
  2. Estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices.
  3. Produce national and state-level estimates, where feasible.
  4. Compare estimates among sectors.
  5. Monitor trends over time.

To learn more about the study, visit the NSLTCP website:

Data Tell Stories. Tell NCHS Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email NCHS a brief description at In the subject field of your email, write “My NSLTCP data use example”. Your examples will help NCHS showcase the value of NSLTCP.

Join the NCHS Long-Term Care Listserv to stay informed of recently released reports and announcements regarding the Adult Day Services Center survey. You may join the NCHS Long-Term Care Listserv by visiting the following website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Updates from NSLTCP

  • Comprehensive report released of adult day services and four other major sectors of paid, regulated, providers of long-term care services and supports:
    • Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data From the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2015–2016 (Link to report:
      • This report presents the most current descriptive national results to describe providers and services users in five major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services.
      • Sectors include adult day services centers, assisted living and similar residential care communities, home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes.
      • This third edition updates and includes topics not in the 2013-2014 edition.
    • PowerPoint Presentation slides of report figures and talking points of key findings for each figure are available at:
  • The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) has completed data collection for the 2018 survey and is no longer accepting questionnaires. The anticipated start of data collection for the 2020 NSLTCP survey is May, 2020. Following the same approach as in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 survey waves, all adult day services in operation in the United States will be surveyed in 2020. To those adult day services centers that were sampled and participated in 2018, thank you! NCHS hopes to have your support again in 2020. Your participation in the survey enables NCHS to continue to serve you with reliable, trusted information, to support you in the important work you do serving participants, their families, and your communities.
  • The restricted 2012, 2014, and 2016 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through the National Center for Health Statistic’s Research Data Center.






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