Data Dictionaries

North Carolina Hospital Discharge Data

Data dictionaries are available at the links below for the most recent years of North Carolina Hospital Discharge Data for our Standard Research File.  Dictionaries for prior years can be requested from Sheps Staff. Please note that variables may vary from year to year. Hospitals were not required to report race and ethnicity prior to 2011; concerns remain about the accuracy of the race and ethnicity data.

Beginning FY2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016) the NC Discharge Data will have ICD10 diagnosis and Procedure codes rather than ICD9 codes.  For more information on this transition and links to comparison information please visit this link at NCTracks.