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Number of doctors visited for 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 ever visited a doctor for this pain, ABPSAWDRNO reports the number of doctors visited in the last 12 months for the pain caused by the condition identified in ABPSELCON.

A similar variable, ABPDRVISNOY, reports the number of doctor visits "ever", while the reference period for ABPSAWDRNO is the last 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 the past 12 months and who ever visited a doctor for this pain.


  • 1989