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Saw doctor for digestive condition causing abdominal pain

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For sample persons ages 18 and over who had abdominal pain 3 or more times in the past 12 months, and did not report a non-digestive condition as the cause of such pain,ABPSAWDRCON reports whether the respondent saw a doctor for her/his abdominal pain or for the condition causing abdominal pain identified in ABPSELCON. A similar variable, ABPSAWDREV asks the same question of persons who ever had any type of pain or severe discomfort in their abdomens three or more times in the past 12 months.


This variable is part of the Abdominal Pain section of the Digestive Disease Supplement, introduced in the 1989 survey. This supplement focuses on digestive conditions, primarily during the previous 12 months, to provide data for prevalence estimates on certain common digestive disorders and complaints. The Abdominal Pain section provides data to compare diagnosed and undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome, and to describe pain accompanying this or other conditions that affect the abdomen.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who had abdominal pain 3 or more times in past 12 months and who didn't report a nondigestive condition as the cause of such pain


  • 1989